Capitalists At Work market research.Where do you stand on?
Where do you stand?
Where do you stand?
1} Public sector pensions
A} They are barely adequate
B} They are decent, but then they need to be to make up for their poorer wages
C} They are far too generous. They must be brought into line with the private sector
This was pretty unanimous and one of the most open questions asked. 88% felt that a PS pension cut was in order. 0% felt they weren't adequate. A bit worrying for Mr Prentis.
For us at C@W it indicates a strong private sector readership, but we knew that already.
2} Defence Spending
A} Its far too low for all the commitments the military has.
B} It needs to be cut in line with other government departments.
C} Its a complete waste of money. Scrap Trident and the the carriers and halve it now.
An even split. 41% for cut in line and 41% for its too low. The too low indicates an increase is needed. But defence has been the most wasteful of the departments. Carriers, Nimrods, Typhoons, SA-80s, all being scrapped or going unsold in the wider world. The non-flying Nimrod MRA4 cost at least three £3 billion The US sells its M16A2 main infantry automatic rifle to 95 different countries, including 15 Nato ones. The SA80 is sold to Jamaica.
However, many feel the military needs more cash.
3} Unemployment Benefits.
A} Unemployment benefit needs to be increased to be adequate to live on.
B} Benefit should be paid for a fixed period only, say two years. Then it is reduced.
C} You've got 12 weeks to find a job or starve.
64% go for option B. Currently JSA ends after 6 months. It then becomes income based. If you have a home or savings, you might get nothing. Its a very poor system. The question implies two years is plenty, and if after that time you haven't found something in your field, its time for a complete change.
But quite a generous response for the babbling blues?
A} It seems to be working quite well
B} Well..its better than Brown
C} I never thought I'd support Labour again but ...
Another firm decision.68% say Better than Brown. That is something I feel. When Cameron goes to Nice or Strasbourg I never expect him to get off the plane with one black and one brown shoe or his tie tucked into his top pocket like a handkerchief. With Gordon it was always likely the airline steps would be too short and he'd have to jump down 6 feet or when the heads of the G-20 all trooped back in from a photo shoot on the steps he'd somehow be left locked outside trying to find the bell to be let back in.
A} We have to go along with any bailouts, if we don't we'll be sunk.
B} We should do our limited best to help the Euro, without making too many commitments
C} Not one more farthing should be sent across the channel
50-50 for limited help and no help. The euro heads are hoping for the traders Christmas like never before. This summer, for the first time in memory, that didn't help. The stock markets sold in May and went away and....it got a lot worse.
A} He's doing well in very difficult circumstances.
B} He's not as effective as I'd hoped. But compared to Miliband he's a giant of a politician
C} You're seriously asking me about that 'Call me Dave', hoody hugging, Green faced, windmill tilting, u-turning, Euro loving, liberal coward Cameron?
11% doing well -52% OK and 35% he's a traitor. Pretty much the same as the last YOUGOV.
A} The government should not cut spending, but instead have a mini, targeted stimulus, to get the economy moving
B} There isn't any money. The government has no choice but to do what its doing.
C} Cut more. Including taxes.
88% for more cuts including taxes. Is that really plan B? A cut in income tax? Better yet N.I. There are a few schemes but they're typical new labour soundbite plans that look impressive but actually effect only a few hundred people. IF the government won its pension battle AND its end to national pay deals within the public sector there could be a big reduction in future expenditure, so allowing for future cuts. Osborne MUST have something ready for 2014/15.
A} Green energy is the future. Its madness to cut investment and jobs in solar energy now.
B} We must reduce our carbon emissions. But we must do so slowly, so as not to damage the economy or drive up energy prices.
C} Global warming is a scam. Even if it isn't what's the point when China builds a coal power station a week?
65% think its a waste or worse. 35% that it needs to be reduced sensibly. No one fancied a green energy future.
A} The banks need to face much,much higher taxation and bonuses must be capped.
B} Banks need to be forced to hold more reserves and the retail split from the investment in some way.
C} Finance is the only large profit industry we have. It would be insane to destroy it because a few get super wealthy.
No takers for a Tobin tax. Ken Livingstone was going on about it again today. How much will it raise? No one knew. He also felt no bank would leave London but if any did it would be to New York, not Europe, so it wouldn't matter much. Please don't be mayor-please don't be mayor. Please don't be mayor-please don't be mayor.
A} British media, Daily Mail, Sun, Sky and BBC are right wing and they have too much influence on the nation.
B} British TV and investigative journalism is the best in the world. Do we really want a US style hysterical, partisan media?
C} British media, Daily Mirror, The Guardian, Channel 4 and BBC are left wing and they have too much influence on the nation.
The left leaning media got the most votes but best in the world also took 29%. A number also thought the broadcast/print media irrelevant. Well..not yet. But on the Simpsons when they introduced a character from The New York Post Nelson Munce said "Ha-ha! Your medium is dying."
Thanks everyone for taking the time to fill all that in.