Huffington Post — Jan 19, 2014
Even though people might not be intending to vote Ukip, a new survey suggests they still hold them in higher regard than all of the other main parties.
A ComRes opinion poll for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror found 27 per cent said that they had a “favourable” view of them but only 19 per cent would vote for UKIP in a general election.
Ukip is also the party regarded least unfavourably: 38% have an “unfavourable view” of it, compared with 45% for Labour, 49% for the Lib Dems and 50% for the Conservatives.
Con 30% +1
Lab 35% -1
LibDem 8% ±0
UKIP 19% +1
OtheR 8% -1
Most favourable: party
Labour 26% -2 since June 2013
Con 25% +2
Most favourable: leaders
David Cameron 27% +4
Nigel Farage 22%
Ed Miliband 18% -2
Nick Clegg 13%
One possible explanation for the discrepancy between voting intention and view of each party could be Nigel Farage is seen as more genuine than the other leader though people don’t necessarily agree with his views.
It will worry the Conservatives that 23% of people saying they would currently vote for them say that they are favourable towards UKIP.
Nor would it be easy to persuade current UKIP supporters to vote Conservative: 59% say that they are unfavourable towards the Prime Minister, and 55% say they are unfavourable towards the Conservative Party generally.
Other findings in the poll included:
Middle-class families have become worse off under the Coalition Government than they would have been under Labour
Don’t know 36%
Middle-class families would be worse off if Ed Miliband becomes prime minister in 2015 than if David Cameron is re-elected
Don’t know 40%
Ed Miliband is an old-style left-winger
Don’t know 46%
Boris Johnson would make a better prime minister than Theresa May
Don’t know 45%
Theresa May would make a better prime minister than Boris Johnson
Don’t know 47%
George Osborne is right to seek a further £12 billion in public spending cuts through reducing welfare benefits
Don’t know 25%
Scotland should be an independent country
Agree 23% -10 since May 2011
Disagree 49% +7
Don’t know 28% +3
Of the respondents from Scotland, n=187, one third (32% -6) agree that Scotland should be an independent country, while half (49% +3) disagree.
There is too much bad language on TV and in films
Don’t know 15%
:: ComRes interviewed 2,029 British adults online on 15 and 16 January.