ComRes interviewed the British public on behalf of ITV News.
Date Published: 29 Jan 2013
Categories: Economy | Europe | Politics | Public and communities
COMRES/ ITV NEWS POLL: DAVID CAMERON TRUSTED MOST TO PROTECT BRITAIN’S INTERESTS IN EUROPE
Today the latest Index poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that David Cameron is the most trusted leader to protect Britain’s interests in Europe. A third (33%) of the public say that they trust David Cameron the most.
Interestingly, Nigel Farage (11%) comes trailing in third place behind Ed Miliband (20%) as the leader that is most trusted to protect Britain’s interests, while Nick Clegg comes fourth (5%). One in six (17%) say ‘none’.
However, despite this, the results also find that the public are divided as to whether or not David Cameron is able to deliver real change for the better in the UK’s relationship with the EU. A third (34%) think that he is able to do this, while two in five (40%) disagree.
The results also show that two in five (41%) think that it was wrong of David Cameron to offer a referendum on EU membership because he was not specific about the terms or timing of it. Nearly half (46%) of those aged 65 and over agree, which is the highest of any age group.
On the economy, the results find that more people blame the actions of the previous Labour Government (48%) for the country’s poor economic performance, than blame the current Coalition Government (35%). There are some differences in people’s views by age with older people more likely than younger people to blame the previous Labour Government. Nearly two thirds (64%) of those aged 65 and over do so, compared with two in five (41%) of those aged 18 to 44.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,036 British adults online from 25th to 27th January 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.