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New poll reveals nearly 4 in 5 Britons feel they are not personally benefitting from economic recove


  • Poll was carried out by YouGov for the Centre for Labour and social studies
  • More than 7 in 10 people who voted Conservative in 2010 feel they are not personally benefitting from economic recovery
  • 2 in 3 people are not confident that enough has been done to prevent a repeat of the financial crash of 2008

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More than three quarters of the British public feel they are not benefitting from economic recovery, a new YouGov poll commissioned by the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) has revealed today [Friday].

The poll comes in the same week as official figures show the country’s GDP has grown at its fastest rate in three years, a development hailed by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne as evidence that the country is on “the path to prosperity."

But the YouGov survey found that almost 4 in 5 people do not feel that they personally are benefitting from this improvement in the economy, with more than 7 in 10 people who voted Conservative at the last election stating they are not benefiting, along with 8 in 10 people who voted Liberal Democrats.

The poll also found that 5 years on from the financial crisis, when levels of household debt are rising and a housing bubble looms over the economy, 65% of people are not confident that enough has been done to prevent a repeat of the financial crash of 2008.

The poll’s findings come in the week Class will hold its first policy conference featuring key figures in progressive politics, including Owen Jones, Polly Toynbee, Kevin Maguire and Len McCluskey. Class commissioned the poll to take the temperature of the nation five years after the banking bail out of 2008, and 500 days before the next general election.

The poll found a lack of faith in private sector control of public services, with 12 to 1 people against the NHS being run by the private sector.  67% in favour of Royal Mail being run in the public sector, 66% want railway companies to be nationalised, and 68% are in favour of nationalised energy companies.

The poll will be a boost for the Labour Party. Twice as many people see Ed Miliband (32%) as more on the side of working people than David Cameron (16%). However the poll also found that a greater number of people (38%) don’t see either leader as being on the side of working people, suggesting the Labour Party must go further to prove that claim.

The poll suggested support for Labour’s policy to freeze energy bills for 20 months, with 74% of people in favour of governments having the power to control energy prices. But the poll also suggested the public would like Labour to go further – nearly three quarters of people think the government should also control transport costs.

Chair of Class, Steve Hart said: “This poll shows people are hungry for new ideas. They don’t want to vote for a manifesto based upon fear and division, the party that is brave enough to put forward a set of policies that really improve the living standards of ordinary people will win the key to Number 10 in 2015.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is a new think tank established in 2012 by Unite the Union, GMB and the Institute of Employment Rights to act as a centre for left debate and discussion and has the growing support of a number of trade Unions including ASLEF, CWU, GFTU, NUT, PCS, TSSA, UCATT, MU and NUM. Originating in the labour movement, Class is working with a broad coalition of supporters, academics and experts to develop and advance alternative policies for today.

2. Class conference will provide a platform to fast track vibrant, fresh ideas into policy and our conference looks set to be the biggest gathering of progressives in the run-up to the 2015 General Election, to date. The event will see campaigners, journalists and leading thinkers on the economy, politics and society gather with working people and their unions to discuss the challenges facing Britain – and the responses needed to inspire voters. More information can be found here:

3. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1,736 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 27th - 28th October 2013.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). YouGov is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by their rules.

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