A new Ipsos MORI poll shows that while Britons are increasingly blaming the Coalition for the level of cuts to public services, the previous Labour government is still held most to blame.
The share of Britons blaming the Coalition has doubled to 21% from 10% in 2011. Though fewer people now think that the previous Labour government are most to blame (26% from 31% in March 2011), they still receive the highest level of blame overall. The banks are blamed for the cuts by 23% while around one in five (21%) blame the state of the global economy. Just 4% place the responsibility with local councils.
As might be expected, blame for the cuts follows party lines:
- Conservative voters are more likely to blame the previous Labour government (52%) than the Coalition (2%), while more Labour voters blame the current Coalition government than the previous Labour government (38% vs. 8%)
- Liberal Democrats and Labour voters are more likely than Conservatives to blame the banks (31%, 27% and 16% respectively).
- Women are more likely to blame the Coalition for cuts to public services than men (24% vs. 18%), whereas men are more likely to apportion blame to the previous Labour Government than women (32% vs. 20%).
- People in Greater London and the North are more likely to blame the current Coalition government (32% and 25%) while those in the Midlands and the South (excluding London) blame Labour (30% and 35% respectively).
"This encapsulates the challenge facing the big three parties. Despite being ahead in the polls Labour are still held responsible by many for the cuts while the Coalition is taking more blame as satisfaction with the government continues to fall."
Technical Details Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,015 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 12 – 14 January 2013. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.