ComRes latest poll finds more people in favour of increasing welfare spending than for cutting

Independent

 

John Rentoul
“Welfare” has become a positive word
Monday, 18 February 2013 at 9:56 am

IDS LOONYComRes has a poll out today for ITV News, asking people what public spending should be increased or cut, which produces familiar findings and one surprise. Most people want to see increased spending on the NHS, and to a lesser extent on education and “police and law enforcement”.

But the surprise, for me, was that the ambiguous heading, “welfare”, found more supporters for increased spending than for cuts. Some people may know that the largest part of Iain Duncan Smith’s Work and Pensions budget is the state pension, and favour it for spending increases. But I thought that most people regarded “welfare” as shorthand for out-of-work benefits for people with their blinds down.

To what extent do you think that the Government should increase or decrease spending on each of the following areas between now and 2015?
 
 
Area Increase (6-10) Keep spending the same (5) Decrease (0-4) Net Increase (minus decrease)
NHS 71% 24% 5% +69%
Education 54% 39% 7% +47%
Police & law enforcement 54% 37% 9% +45%
Welfare 43% 29% 27% +15%
Transport 38% 42% 21% +17%
Defence 33% 36% 31% +2%
Public sector pensions 26% 35% 40% -14%
Local government 26% 41% 33% -7%
International aid 8% 16% 77% -69%
ComRes interviewed 2,050 British adults online 1-3 February 2013.  Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
 
Comments
  • Justin Thyme February 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    meaningless in the current climate
    welfare is not a positive word – it is the americanisation of our social security system by the nazi party

  • Humanity2012 February 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    It Makes my Blood Boil the Thick Boneheads who Think the Un Employed are
    ” Scroungers ” The Scroungers are the Rich Politicians in Westminster Cloud Cuckooland
    whilst the System Collaborators are the Ones Not Opposing this Outrage of Infamy

    Tax the Rich Hands Off the Poor

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