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Youth unemployment, racism, and the suprising number of Ukippers who like investing in wine
It’s the weekend, so everybody is publishing their polls. We’ve looked a little bit deeper into the data for you to find six things that stand out.
1. The two main parties are still broadly neck-and-neck
YouGov’s Sunday Times poll gives Labour a 34% to 33% lead over the Tories, and their poll for The Sun gives Labour a 33% to 32% lead.
2. Labour and Ukip supporters think they have been hit hardest by the economic down-turn
59% of Labour supporters and 56% of Ukip supporters say that “Thinking about the standard of living of you and your family” they are “worse off today than in 2010”
This compares to 38% of Lib Dem supporters and just 21% of Conservative supporters who feel worse off.
3. “Team Eds” still have work to do with their hardcore support
35% of Labour voters agree that Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, and Ed Balls, Labour’s shadow Chancellor “have not set out a clear vision of what a Labour government would do”
4. Labour is more trusted to deal with youth unemployment
Just about. Asked “Which political party do you think would handle the problem of youth unemployment best?” 30% of people said Labour, 25% said Conservative.
5. Ukip supporters are more likely to have “wine or art bought for investment purposes”
OK, we’re being a bit naughty here. It is a very small sample size, but 3% of the Ukip voters asked had bought wine or art as an investment, compared to 2% of the Tories, and 1% of the Labour or Lib Dem supporters.
But a staggering 10% of Ukip supporters say they are PLANNING to invest in wine or art in the next 12 months.
Beer drinking Nigel will not be amused.
ReutersDoes he not like that
6. The racist non-racist parties
YouGov asked questions about race and racism. 1% of Tory voters and 1% of Labour voters said they were “very prejudiced against people of other races”. 6% of Ukip supporters agreed with that position. 42% of Ukip supporters said they were “a little prejudiced against people of other races”.
28% of Ukip supporters said that “yes, I have some views that are racist”, but it was Lib Dem supporters who admitted to being the most anti-semitic. 9% of Lib Dems and 8% of Ukip supporters said they are prejudiced against people who are Jewish, compared to 3% of Conservative and Labour supporters.
[Source: YouGov / Sunday Times , YouGov / The Sun , YouGov / Times Red Box ]
“We fought for all-seater stadiums, so they should stay. Fans stand up anyway when something exciting happens, so they don’t stay sitting all the time.”
Steve Kelly, whose brother Michael died in the disaster at the Sheffield Wednesday stadium, said: “The Hillsborough Justice Campaign have always maintained a neutral stance on safe standing. Views differ amongst members and it is not for us to dictate to supporters what is right or wrong.
“Personally, I’m torn between the two. A lot of fans stand up anyway, so perhaps we need to look at it.”
Former Labour director of communications and Burnley fan Alastair Campbell, said: “Every poll shows there is support for standing and tens of thousands of people make the demand clear every week by standing in front of their upturned seats, with none of the appalling consequences predicted by the forces of conservatism.”
Within the survey, one Liverpool fan said: “Every week the whole Kop stands without fail and without injury. It’s an issue of common sense.
“Fans are going to stand at games end of story. The law should be amended to reflect the 21st century not a bygone era.”
Andrew Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives who commissioned the survey, said they had won the support of supporter trusts in Wrexham, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.