Voters want public ownership by ratio of 4 to 1

Almost half of voters would be more likely to vote for a party that promoted public ownership ahead of outsourcing and privatisation, according to a new poll.

Almost half of voters would be more likely to vote for a party that promoted public ownership ahead of outsourcing and privatisation, according to a new poll.

63 per cent of Labour voters, 52 per cent of Liberal Democrats and 25 per cent of Conservative voters said they would be more likely to vote for a party that promised public ownership over privatisation, the poll carried out by We Own It, a campaign group which promotes public ownership, found.

Overall the survey found that 46 per cent of voters would be more likely to vote for a party which promoted public ownership, while only 11 per cent would be less likely to do so. 43 per cent said it would make no difference.

Labour came out on top when people were asked which party they favoured on the issue, with 30 per cent answering that they trusted the party most to run public services. The Conservatives received 21 per cent followed by UKIP with 8 per cent. The Lib Dems had 6 per cent while the Greens trailed behind with 4 per cent.

The survey reflects a number of recent polls suggesting strong support for public ownership. In 2009 data showed that 31 per cent strongly supported the renationalisation of electricity, gas, water, railways and telecommunications, with 36 per cent slightly supporting renationalisation. According to a ComRes poll taken earlier this month, 69 per cent wanted energy renationalised.

Seventy per cent, too, are against the sell-off of the Royal Mail, while 53 per cent believe private sector involvement in the NHS undermines the health service. A poll conducted last year found that over half the public supported full nationalisation of the Railways.

The We Own It survey questioned 1,508 adults aged 18+ between 27 and 29 September.

18 Responses to “Voters want public ownership by ratio of 4 to 1”

  1. Tom Chance

    Link to the full poll data?

  2. Selohesra

    British Leyland, British Rail , British steel etc – they were all great sucess stories after all

  3. George Carty

    I’m not sure British Rail was really a failure, and British Leyland was a classic example of “lemon socialism”, where a failing capitalist business was nationalized because too many people’s jobs depended on it to let it go bust.

  4. Cole

    And of course British Gas, for those of us who suffer as customers, is so great, as are the other energy companies.

  5. George Carty

    Privatization is to blame for high electricity and gas prices today, but not because of profiteering.

    It is because privatization happened at a time of double-digit interest rates, which meant that all new investment in power stations went to gas-fired plants (as they are much quicker to build than coal-fired or nuclear plants). As a result, North Sea gas has almost run out, making us increasingly dependent on imports.

  6. George Carty

    Privatization is to blame for high electricity and gas prices today, but not because of profiteering.

    It is because privatization happened at a time of double-digit interest rates, which meant that all new investment in power stations went to gas-fired plants (as they are much quicker to build than coal-fired or nuclear plants). As a result, North Sea gas has almost run out, making us increasingly dependent on imports.

  7. George Carty

    Privatization is to blame for high electricity and gas prices today, but not because of profiteering.

    It is because privatization happened at a time of double-digit interest rates, which meant that all new investment in power stations went to gas-fired plants (as they are much quicker to build than coal-fired or nuclear plants). As a result, North Sea gas has almost run out, making us increasingly dependent on imports.

  8. George Carty

    Privatization is to blame for high electricity and gas prices today, but not because of profiteering.

    It is because privatization happened at a time of double-digit interest rates, which meant that all new investment in power stations went to gas-fired plants (as they are much quicker to build than coal-fired or nuclear plants). As a result, North Sea gas has almost run out, making us increasingly dependent on imports.

  9. Cole

    That sounds right, though we’re still getting around half of our gas from the UK, and Norway is the biggest non-UK source.

    What is astonishing with the privatized utilities is how dreadful customer service is. All the theory about how competition should improve service seems fallacious. Is it because there isn’t real competition?

  10. Jeff

    There are truths, there are lies, and there are statistics.

  11. blarg1987

    I think the underlying point is with the free market there was a lack of long term thinking as your point highlights we focused on short term gas power instead of using the revenue raised from North Sea to buld Nuclear power plants as welll.

    If we had it is likely we would still have plenty of Gas left, be exporting Nuclear technologies to other countries and have a stable energy market without the sharp shocks that have been happening.

  12. blarg1987

    I think the underlying point is with the free market there was a lack of long term thinking as your point highlights we focused on short term gas power instead of using the revenue raised from North Sea to buld Nuclear power plants as welll.

    If we had it is likely we would still have plenty of Gas left, be exporting Nuclear technologies to other countries and have a stable energy market without the sharp shocks that have been happening.

  13. leftfootfwd

    The link should be in the article now, Tom.

  14. Tom Chance

    Thanks!

  15. Steven Duckworth

    £1.2 trillion to bail out deregulated banks. Profit privatised, losses socialised. So much for free market capitalism. Greatest inequality of wealth since Victorian times.

  16. Stu

    I want a government that looks after the countrys assets, not sells them off for corrupt gain.

  17. Stu

    I want a government that looks after the countrys assets, not sells them off for corrupt gain.

  18. barrydavies

    Very true Jeff and the government always rolls out statistics to try to prove the normally wrong point. I wouldn’t mind the railways being in private hands if they were all run by Branson, but as we all know the faceless people who give out the contracts wanted to replace Virgin with the worst performing group in the whole mess of private providers

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