By Tim Montgomerie
Over at ToryDiary I look at the PX Poll's implications for the Conservative Party but pasted below are some key findings:
MOST IMPORTANT VALUES IN A POLITICAL PARTY
- Economic responsibility: 59%
- Fairness: 50%
- Family values: 32%
- Traditional values: 29%
- Equality: 21%
- Liberty: 20%
- Patriotism: 17%
- Environmentalism: 11%
FAIRNESS IS ABOUT GETTING WHAT YOU DESERVE, NOT EQUALITY
- 63% of people say that “fairness is about getting what you deserve”, while just 26% say that “fairness is about equality”.
- By a margin of 73%-18% people agree that society can be fair even if it is unequal – as long as there is equality of opportunity.
WHAT WILL DO MOST TO TACKLE POVERTY?
- Reducing unemployment: 45%
- Cutting tax on low earners: 45%
- Reducing the cost of living: 38%
- Improve state education: 29%
- Increase minimum wage: 29%
- Reduce crime in poor areas: 23%
- Increase state pensions: 18%
- Reducing tuition fees: 11%
- Banning private education: 4%
- Increasing welfare benefits: 3%
WHY ARE PEOPLE POOR?
- By 48% to 24% people say that people end up poor because of forces outside their control – not their own poor decisions;
- BUT by 71%-16% they agree with the statement that “Some people who are poor are much more deserving than other people who are poor"
SUPPORT FOR SPECIFIC POLICY MEASURES
- By 80% to 13% there is agreement that “people who have been out of work for 12 months or more, who are physically and mentally capable of undertaking a job, should be required to do community work in return for their state benefits.”
- 49% of respondents back the idea that claimants who break their jobseekers agreement should lose half or more of their benefits. 21% backed the idea that they should lose all their benefits “regardless of the hardship it would cause”.
- By 50% to 16% people think benefits are too high rather than too low.
- By a margin of 55% to 36% people disagree with the idea that “People with children should be given higher benefits to compensate for the costs of bringing them up."
- “The government should try to encourage marriage through the benefits system” is narrowly rejected (45% to 40%) but there is support (59% over 31%) for idea that “The government should try to discourage people from becoming lone parents”.
See the full results here.