A new Omnisis poll shows that more than half of Brits still back striking workers despite two-in-five people saying they’ve been disrupted by strikes.
The pollsters found that 58% of voters said they support striking public sector workers, with 30% saying they don’t. Only 12% saying they didn’t know.
This majority support comes despite 39% of people saying their lives have been or will be disrupted by strikes. 56% said the strikes had made no impact with only 4% saying they didn’t know.
The latest poll also showed the public believes the reason behind the strikes is mainly through necessity (62%), with a quarter of people (26%) saying greed and 12% didn’t know.
Meanwhile more than two thirds of voters (68%) said the Government had not done all it could to avoid the strikes, with only 20% believing they had and 12% said they didn’t know.
And finally, as Rishi Sunak announced a 6% public sector pay rise, without raising budgets, voters were asked if they felt this was appropriate. Nearly half (47%) agreed it was, 31% disagreed and 22% didn’t know.
Labour proposal to combat conflict of interest
This week, the Labour Party proposed a ban on ministers taking lobbying jobs related to their former briefs for up to five years. Omnisis asked if voters agreed or disagreed with this policy proposal.
- 56% agree with the proposal
- 11% disagree with the proposal
- 34% don’t know
Omnisis weekly trackers
Labour’s lead over the Conservatives fell four points to 47% this week while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak clawed back some approval points.
ON VOTER INTENTION
- Lab 47% (-4)
- Con 25% (NC)
- LD 10% (+2)
- SNP 3% (NC)
- Ref 6% (+1)
- Green 5% (NC)
ON PRIME MINISTER’S APPROVAL
- Approve: 27% (NC)
- Disapprove: 42% (-3)
- Neither: 30% (+2)
ON WHO’D MAKE THE BEST PRIME MINISTER
- Sir Keir Starmer: 34% (-2)
- Rishi Sunak: 27% (NC)
- Don’t Know: 39% (+2)
ON BREXIT SENTIMENT
- Stay Out: 34% (+2)
- Re-join: 48% (-1)
- DK or not voting: 18% (-1)
Excluding don’t knows and will not votes
- Stay Out: 41% (+1)
- Re-join: 59% (-1)
This week’s poll was conducted on 13th-14th July 2023, questioned 1,361 people and is weighted to a national representative population.
Tables will be posted here: https://www.omnisis.co.uk/poll-results
Image credit: Roger Blackwell from Norwich, UK, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons