Good morning. Snap polls aren’t the perfect way to measure public opinion – they involve people wondering about events that have just happened, many respondents won’t read beyond the headlines and no one will have time to think about it properly – but they’re better than nothing and, at least on Covid , certainly a more reliable guide than the front pages of newspapers. (Many newspapers suggest that Britain is seeking a break in the lock, while survey evidence actually suggests the opposite.)
So this morning there is good news for Boris Johnson. Two pre-election polls were conducted on a roadmap for lifting the blockade in England that he announced yesterday and both suggest voters are in favor.
According to a YouGov poll, the number of people who think the prime minister has achieved a “balance around correctness” exceeds the total number of those who think he relaxes the rules too easily and those who think he relaxes too quickly (larger group).
This is from YouGov’s record of findings.
The English tend to think that the path set for the future after locking is happening at approximately the right pace (46%). A quarter think that such a time sequence is too fast (26%), while another 16% think that it is too slow.
A majority of conservative voters (54%), as well as 42% of Labor voters, agree with the pace set by the prime minister. Worker voters are more likely than their Tory counterparts to think the plan is too fast (34% vs. 18%), while conservative voters are more likely to think it is too slow (20% vs. 11%).
I Savanta ComRes there is quick survey suggesting that the majority of voters are satisfied with the Prime Minister’s roadmap.
The poll also suggests that 31% of voters think the plan is “roughly correct”. There are more people who think that it is either “cautious” (30%) or “very cautious” (15%), but the respondents may have considered it a good trait. Only 19% said they considered the plans reckless.
Here is the agenda for that day.
9.30: ONS publishes its weekly death toll for England and Wales.
9.30: DWP publishes quarterly universal credit data.
10.45: George Eustice, Secretary of the Environment, speaks at a conference of the National Union of Farmers. Sir Keir Starmer speaks at the same event at 12.30, and Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary, at 14.00.
11.30: Matt Hancock, health secretary, asks questions in the community.
12:00: Downing Street holds a daily briefing in the lobby.
After 14:00: Nicola Sturgeon, the first Scottish minister, gives a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish plan to lift the lock.
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