Public more worried about Tory relationship with big business than about Labour and the unions

The public are more concerned about the Tory Party's relationship with big business than they are worried about Labour's relationship with the trade unions.

The public are more concerned about the Tory Party’s relationship with big business than they are worried about Labour’s relationship with the trade unions, according to a new poll by ComRes.

Almost half (44 per cent) of people questioned agreed with the statement that “the relationship between the Conservatives and big business is more of a problem than Labour’s relationship with the trade unions”, while 37 per cent disagreed. One in five (20 per cent) of Tory supporters agreed with the statement.

But a similar proportion (46 per cent) agreed that the unions “have too much influence over the Labour Party”, while 40 per cent disagreed. One in three Labour supporters (32 per cent) also said the unions enjoyed too much power, with 59 per cent disagreeing.

Disappointingly for Ed Miliband, only 34 per cent of people agreed that the Labour leader’s reforms to the trade unions would make the Labour Party more democratic, while 41 per cent disagreed. A quarter of people who said they would vote Tory (27 per cent) agreed that the changes wouldmake Labour more democratic, while 57 per cent disagreed.

The poll gave Labour an eight-point lead, up from one point in the last ComRes poll for The Independent back in January. This leaves Labour on 38 per cent, with the Tories on 30 per cent. UKIP is on 11 per cent and the Lib Dems are on 10 per cent. Others make up 11 per cent. If these figures are repeated at the General Election on a uniform swing, Labour will win an overall majority of 98 seats.

ComRes interviewed 1,004 GB adults by telephone between February 28 and March 2 2014.

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