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Public Want End To Austerity

Sunday, March 11, 2018



Survation – who accurately predicted hung parliament - also show Labour storming to a 7 per cent lead over the Conservatives.

Brand new research commissioned by GMB, Britain’s general union, ahead of the Chancellor's Spring Budget Statement shows public support for an end to austerity, an increase in spending and for public services to be brought back in house.

The results from pollsters Survation also show Labour storming to a 7 per cent lead over the Conservatives.

Half of those polled expect the UK to slide into recession in the next couple of years.

The research was carried out for GMB by Survation – the only major polling company to accurately predict the outcome of last year’s general election.

The figures show that of those polled [1]:

• 62% said they want the Spring Budget Statement from government to announcement real terms increase in spending on public services

• Almost half (48%) who voted Conservative at the last general election think that the cuts have gone too far

• 60% said the cuts to public spending have gone too far with only 8% saying they've not gone not far enough

• 50% want all outsourced public services brought in house, with only 12% wanting more outsourcing or privatisation

• Almost half (47%) expect the UK economy to enter recession in the next 2 years

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“People have had nearly eight years of austerity and they’ve had enough. We’ve all seen that it’s not working - public services are at breaking point, our infrastructure is creaking and there is no government plan to create jobs.

“This poll shows that voters of all stripes think the Government's cuts have gone too far. No matter party allegiance, people can see what cut after cut means for them, their families, their friends and their communities, and they don’t like it.

“Austerity has failed. In his Spring Budget Statement, the Chancellor has a choice. The choice is to stop the cuts and properly invest in our economy and public services, or continue with a failed policy that the electorate don’t like, don’t want and will roundly reject at the next election - because as these figures show, the policies Labour will deliver are giving people across the country hope, and a belief, that things can be different.”


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Notes to Editors:

Survation interviewed 1,038 people online on 7th-8th March 2018. Data were weighted to the profile of all UK adults aged 18+. Survation are a member of the British Polling Council and abide by their rules.

Contact GMB Press Office for full results

Voting intention: Labour 44%, Conservatives 37%, Lib Dems 9%, SNP 3%, UKIP 3%, Greens 2%, Other 3%

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