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The welfare cuts continue to get strong public backing

November 11th, 2010
Making the long term unemployed spend 4 weeks doing unpaid work All voters CON voters LAB voters LD voters
Support 73 92 58 83
Oppose 17 3 31 14
Don’t know 10 5 10 3
Withdrawing Jobseekers Allowance from those who turn down a job offer or interview All voters CON voters LAB voters LD voters
Support 66 82 57 71
Oppose 21 8 33 22
Don’t know 12 9 10 6
More stringent testing for people receiving Disability Living Allowance All voters CON voters LAB voters LD voters
Support 69 86 58 70
Oppose 20 6 32 22
Don’t know 12 8 9 9
Putting a £400 a week maxium on housing benefit All voters CON voters LAB voters LD voters
Support 68 87 54 76
Oppose 20 6 37 12
Don’t know 12 7 10 12

There’s a new YouGov poll out for Channel 4 news on the public’s reaction to the range of welfare measures that we’ve seen announced in the past week or so.

The responses for the individual proposals are in line with previous polls and suggest that, so far at least, the coalition has the electorate broadly on side.

An issue with this form of polling is that the vast majority of those taking part are not on benefits and it’s easy to back something that will not affect you individually.

Mike Smithson