ComRes interviewed 2,031 GB adults online on 12 and 13 February 2014. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
Date Published: 16 Feb 2014
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6 in 10 say Government failing to get a grip on floods
Blow to UKIP: drops 4 points in voting intention and loses top place in favourability
A ComRes opinion poll for tomorrow's Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror makes Labour the top party and David Cameron the top party leader in the Favourability Index.
Con 32% (+2)
Lab 37% (+2)
LD 9% (+1)
UKIP 15% (-4)
Other 7% (-1)
Change since last month in brackets.
After UKIP's distant second place in the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election this week, Nigel Farage's party will be disappointed to have lost its top slot in the Favourability Index. Labour is now the most favourably viewed party, followed by the Conservatives, with UKIP in third place.
"Please indicate whether you have a favourable or unfavourable view of each of the following political leaders and parties..." Percentage saying "favourable" (change since last month, or *change since June 2013).
Boris Johnson 36% -8*
Labour Party 31% +5
David Cameron 31% +4
Conservative Party 28% +3
UKIP 24% -3
Green Party 23% -5*
Ed Miliband 22% +4
Nigel Farage 20% -2
George Osborne 17% +3*
Liberal Democrats 17% +3
Ed Balls 14% -1*
Nick Clegg 13% (0)
The recent floods have made me more convinced that human-made climate change is happening
Agree 48% Disagree 30%
I feel the Government is beginning to get a grip on the flooding situation in Britain
Agree 23% Disagree 59%
Half (50%) of UKIP voters disagree that the recent floods have made them more convinced that human-made climate change is happening, compared with 37% of Conservative voters, 24% of Labour voters and 17% of Liberal Democrat voters.
Conservative voters are divided about whether the Government is getting a grip on the flooding situation in Britain – 40% think it is, 37% think it is not. Labour (74%) and UKIP (73%) voters are the most likely to disagree that the Government is getting a grip.
Nearly two thirds of the people living in the South West (65%), where the floods started, disagree that the Government is getting a grip on the floods. Just 16% agree that it is.
Most people think that the former Immigration Minister, who resigned last weekend, acted honourably and that he deserves little sympathy.
Ex-Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, acted honourably by resigning when it emerged that he was hiring an illegal immigrant as his cleaner
Agree 64% Disagree 15%
Ex-Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, should receive little sympathy for resigning when it emerged that he was hiring an illegal immigrant as his cleaner
Agree 59% Disagree 22%
Public service reform
Politicians should stop trying to reform schools and the NHS
Agree 41% Disagree 39%
Schools and hospitals need to be reformed if high standards are to be achieved or maintained
Agree 62% Disagree 19%
Britain should have boycotted the Winter Olympic Games in protest against the recent anti-gay propaganda laws passed in Russia
Agree 17% Disagree 62%
Political rows like the criticism of Russia for its anti-gay propaganda laws should be kept out of sports events like the Sochi Winter Olympics
Agree 57% Disagree 27%
A quarter of 18-24 year olds (27%) think that Britain should have boycotted the Winter Olympic Games, compared with 9% people aged 65 and over. Of people aged 65 and over, 70% think that political rows should be kept out of sports events, compared with 46% of those aged 18-24.
Methodology Note: ComRes interviewed 2,031 GB adults online on 12 and 13 February 2014. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.