Poll: Nearly half of public oppose EMA abolition

Almost half the British public oppose the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance, a new YouGov poll has revealed, writes James Mills of the Save EMA campaign.

By James Mills of the Save EMA campaign

Almost half the British public oppose the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), a new YouGov poll has revealed, and would prefer to keep the current scheme and not replace it as the government proposes. This will come as a blow for the coalition and many coalition backbench MPs, as only two MPs from coalition parties voted against abolishing EMA on the vote last month that the Save EMA campaign successfully lobbied to get.

The poll also shows that a substantial amount of voters who voted Tory and Lib Dem at the last election oppose the abolition of the EMA.

Fifty per cent of those who voted Liberal Democrat in 2010 oppose the abolition of EMA – with 42% of those who still intend to vote for Nick Clegg’s party also opposed to the abolition.

Something that might also give backbench Tory MPs concern is that 27% who voted Conservative in 2010 and 25% who still intend to vote for David Cameron’s party also oppose abolition of EMA.

The findings will be sure to concern the seven London Lib Dem MPs, as, according to the poll, almost half of Londoners oppose the government’s decision; MPs such as Sarah Teather and Simon Hughes, who both have large amounts of teenagers on EMA in their constituencies, will find this poll worrying reading.

There are just over 600,000 teenagers in England alone who receive EMA and 4 out of 5 come from families where household income is under £21,000 a year, with the poll revealing that 53% of people from C1,D, E socio-economic backgrounds, the group who are most likely to receive EMA, opposing the government’s plans.

The government may find this poll even more worrying as it appears almost half of women oppose their plans to scrap EMA. However, earlier this week, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith declared his support for marriage tax breaks, following up David Cameron’s comments in the Daily Mail in December that he will bring in his Marriage Tax Incentive regardless of the complaints of Lib Dem coalition colleagues.

The estimated loss to public finances of a Marriage Tax Incentive is £550 million according to the Tory manifesto and a ‘deadweight’ of 3 out 10 (i.e. those who would get married regardless of the £3 a week incentive) according to the IFS; it would be interesting to know whether women would support a bribe to get married over support to get an education…

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23 Responses to “Poll: Nearly half of public oppose EMA abolition”

  1. Rachel

    RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @SaveEMA campaign

  2. Kai

    Interesting, ar. 80% of students @ my college support it RT @leftfootfwd Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc

  3. Trakgalvis

    RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @SaveEMA campaign

  4. Malcolm Evison

    RT @trakgalvis: RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @Sa …

  5. Miles Weaver

    RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @SaveEMA campaign

  6. James Mills

    RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @SaveEMA campaign

  7. Sarah Bickerstaffe

    RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @SaveEMA campaign

  8. Lauren Edwards

    RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose EMA abolition http://bit.ly/hoyl4D @jamesmills1984 @SaveEMA

  9. Save EMA

    RT @LaurenREdwards: RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose EMA abolition http://bit.ly/hoyl4D @jamesmills1984 @SaveEMA

  10. Save EMA

    RT @trakgalvis: RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @Sa …

  11. P. S. Wong

    RT @trakgalvis: RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @Sa …

  12. Save EMA

    RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @SaveEMA campaign

  13. L DTUC

    RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose abolition of EMA: http://bit.ly/gBgbZc writes James Mills of the @SaveEMA campaign

  14. chris star

    Poll: Nearly half of public oppose EMA abolition….
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    #demo2011 #ukuncut

  15. Hebah Aboud

    RT @unitonehifi: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose EMA abolition….
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  16. Lauren Crowley

    RT @LaurenREdwards: RT @leftfootfwd: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose EMA abolition http://bit.ly/hoyl4D @jamesmills1984 @SaveEMA

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  18. SadButMadLad

    So most people are FOR the handing out of money to teenagers to spend on beer money, going to night clubs, xbox games, and anything else but not on their education. If you reply that this is good because they will be able to spend the money that they would have had to spend on just living can be spent on education then you don’t understand that the extra money doesn’t go to just living it generally goes to the nice to haves and luxuries. Even with the maximum £30/wk very little of it will go on educational materials.

    What you will see is stuff like the parents charging their kids rent now that the kids are getting more money. All EMA is another method of giving money to lower income families which increases their reliance on the state and doesn’t encourage them to better themselves. It’s only been running a few years and already you can’t bear to give it up. Yes, some people do need help t but targeted benefits is the way to go rather than just handing out money willy nilly.

    I wonder how the millions of kids who survived without EMA managed to get through school and get a good education.

  19. Mr. Sensible

    SadButMadLad would you care to provide evidence for that statement?

    Lets remember that neither the Tories or Lib Dems talked about this in their manifestos…

  20. Kevin Richards

    Hopefully this half will use it vote in the local elections -: Poll: Nearly half of public oppose EMA abolition http://bit.ly/hoyl4D

  21. Yonmei

    I presume “SadButMadLad” thinks that when teenagers stay in school, this is no encouragement to them to “better themselves”: instead they should be encouraged to drop out and go on the dole. Of course this will be more expensive in the long run than paying them to stay in school, but nothing beats years of unemployment to encourage people to “better themselves”. Right?

  22. James

    What is the big harm in EMA, Its a need for the childeren today. Previous MP’s had no problem, why does this one have to be a pain in everything.

  23. David crofts

    DER david Cameron I do wart you to sotp eam form david
    crofts

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