By Dave Taylor
A ComRes poll on political attitudes in GB to their main parties reveals that, while voters in England are less than enthusiastic about the ability of the leadership of either of the two main English parties to deal with the UK economy, Scots are definitely negative about Osborne and Balls.
Those polled were asked to agree or disagree with the following statements
“I trust David Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy” and “I trust Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to make the right decisions about the economy”.
It is notable that ComRes seem to find it perfectly fair to give a positive political statement, and then ask people to agree or disagree with it. One wonders why that is so dreadful in a referendum question.
Of those who had a view, 30% of those in England trusted Cameron and Osborne. Only 19% of Scots were willing to do so.
More depressing for Slab is that while almost as many in England (27%) trusted Miliband and Balls as the Tories, only 14% of Scots were willing to do so. In the strongly Labour North East of England, 35% of respondents trusted Labour to solve their economic problems. Only the East of England approached the Scots distrust of Labour on the economy.
While all sub samples have a larger margin of error, these attitudinal (as opposed to voting intention) questions are less affected.
The Bradford West by-election was clear evidence that none of the main parties in England have the confidence of the electorate. Unfortunately for those in England, they have no real alternative to Tory or Labour led governments at any level.
Scots have, and consequently their rejection of Labour as well as Tories and Lib-Dems must give encouragement to SNP activists as they approach the May elections.