A public opinion poll on behalf of The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.
Date Published: 12 Aug 2011
Categories: Politics | Public and communities | Social | UK
New poll finds that 50% of people think that Government spending cuts helped to fuel the riots, but confirms that most people want the most punitive response possible, and have a low opinion of the Prime Minister's handling of the matter.
Government ministers failed to return to their desks quickly enough from holidays
David Cameron and the Government have handled the response to the riots well
Don’t know: 22%
The Government's response to the economic crisis (eg, cuts to services, unemployment, reduced education funding) is helping fuel the rioters
There is a general trend by age here, with younger people more likely to agree than older people – 64% of 18-24 year olds compared to 40% of people 65 and over.
Plans to cut the police service in London by 20 per cent should be reversed immediately
Don’t know: 17%
Women (76%) are more likely than men (65%) to agree.
There is no excuse whatsoever for the violent rioting and looting over the last few days
Older people are more likely to agree than younger people – 97% of people aged 65 or over agree, compared with 81% of people aged 18 – 24.
David Cameron should bring in the army to support the emergency services
Women (69%) are more likely than men (60%) to agree.
Government should impose curfews in areas where they believe there is likely to be further rioting
Again, women (77%) are more likely than men (68%) to agree.
TV coverage of the riots helped fuel the disorder
Police should be allowed use to water cannon to disperse rioters
The police should be able to use tear gas if they feel it necessary to disperse rioters
The police should be able to use rubber bullets if they feel it necessary to disperse rioters
Social media like Twitter and Blackberry Messaging contributed to levels of violence and the ability of rioters to meet and plan disorder
Methodology: ComRes conducted an online survey of 2,008 GB adults on 10 and 11 August 2011. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abide by its rules.