Need to Know | 15th December 2014

3 interesting facts from this weekend's YouGov poll

What do voters think about fixed-term parliaments, MPs and the impending election? YouGov’s weekly poll […]

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What do voters think about fixed-term parliaments, MPs and the impending election?

YouGov’s weekly poll for the Sunday Times offers some insights.

First up is an engaging, if questionably worded, question on MPs and whether their focus is now on the election. 56 per cent of voters say it is. Only 7 per cent say they are still focused on “meaningful laws”. But some, or many, of the 93 per cent who said they aren’t focused on meaningful laws may have rejected that option because they think MPs incapable of passing “meaningful” laws. They could think they pass fairly meaningless laws.

Nevertheless, the finding is fairly clear: British politics is now, if it hasn’t long been, only about the election.

Two other facts stand out. The public are divided on whether to keep, repeal or adjust the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

And finally, more reasons for the Tories and Lib Dems to stick together: voters of both parties think MPs are generally hard-working. Labour voters tend towards Ukippers in thinking they are not.