Public support tax increases

A Populus poll in yesterday's Times revealed that 60% of voters favour tax increases to help close the budget deficit despite a headline declaring that, "Voters back Tories over big cuts in spending."

A Populus poll in yesterday’s Times revealed that 60% of voters favour tax increases to help close the budget deficit.

Despite a headline declaring that, “Voters back Tories over big cuts in spending,” the Times revealed that:

“Nearly two fifths of voters (38 per cent) favour a roughly equal split between tax increases and cuts in spending in order to reduce government borrowing and debt. Just over a fifth back tax increases with fewer or no increases in public spending.

“By contrast, a third put more emphasis on spending cuts with fewer or no tax increases. These figures are virtually the same as in mid-April, when the spring Budget was presented.”

The underlying data, seen by Left Foot Forward, show that 58% of Conservative voters favour tax increases compared to 70% of Labour supporters and 73% of Liberal Democrat supporters.

By contrast just 37% of those intending to vote Conservative favour “more emphasis on reduced public spending with fewer tax increases” or “just reductions in public spending and no tax increases.” Among Labour supporters the total falls to 28% and just 25% among Liberal Democrat supporters.

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