We asked an unusual set of questions at the end of the May survey of ConservativeHome readers. We sought to find out a little more about your social attitudes. For 1,294 Tory members their views are posted in the green box above.
The poll points to a Tory membership that is more respectful of same-sex unions than many critics might think. Two-thirds would attend a civil partnership ceremony.
The finding that surprised and disappointed me was that only 34.4% of members believed that immigration had largely been good for Britain. Sam Coates and I both voted that it had. We agree with David Cameron that "we wouldn’t be half the country we are without immigration." My guess – and hope – is that the low number may reflect concern at the recent uncontrolled levels of immigration. Grateful, as always, for your views… Well, most of them anyway.
The steak-eaters at ConservativeHome are delighted to learn that only 3.2% of our readers are herbivores. Very good news!
- It appears that the vegetarians in the sample are less likely to regular ride a bike! 13.2% of the veggies regularly ride a bicycle compared to 16% overall. Your fellow vegetarians are not very green Peter, Graeme and Drussila!
- The churchgoers are more likely to give to an international development charity. 43.9% have given money to an overseas aid cause compared to 30.0% overall. They’re less likely (48.9%) to attend a civil partnership ceremony.
- If you believe that immigration has largely been good for Britain you are much less likely to be dissatisfied with David Cameron – 24% compared to 39% overall.
- I could spend all day producing these kinds of stats but must now write up the Clarke-Cameron press conference…