Thursday, August 11, 2011

Murdoch-owned Newspaper Poll - Live Ammunition?

Larger print emphasis is mine; it is reasonable to believe that given the leaning of the tabloid, that the poll is probably skewed right.  While a smallish sampling, that gives impetus to the notion that Cameron may not be long at 10 Downing Street, or at the very least, is under extreme pressure there.

From the Sun, in the UK:

YouGov England Riot results: Majority support for water cannons

9 out of 10 British adults say police should be able to be use water cannon on rioters and one third support use of live ammunition, according to the results of a YouGov survey.
As rioting continued for a fourth night last night, a YouGov survey for The Sun has found that there is widespread support among British adults for a range of tactics to be made available to the police:
90% think the police should be able to use water cannons in the course of dealing with the rioters.
33% say police should be able to use firearms / live ammunition.77% support using the army to help deal with the situation.
57% feel David Cameron is dealing with the situation badly.85% believe either a majority or most of those taking part in the riots will go unpunished.
YouGov’s nationally representative survey of 2,534 British adults provides a look at public opinion on the unrest, rioting and looting that has spread across England in recent days.
9 out of 10 respondents (90%) thought that the police should be able to use water cannon in the course of dealing with rioters. The potential use of other tactics also proved very popular with mounted police (84%), curfews (82%), tear gas (78%), tasers (72%) and plastic bullets (65%) all attracting support from a large majority.
In addition, a third (33%) thought police should be able to use firearms / live ammunition to deal with the riots, while over three quarters (77%) supported the involvement of the army in quelling the unrest.
Public opinion is divided over how the police have dealt with the situation up until now. While a majority (52%) felt that the police were dealing with the situation either ‘very well’ or ‘fairly well’, a sizeable minority (43%) thought they were dealing with it either ‘very badly’ or ‘fairly badly’.
Politicians fared substantially less well in the eyes of the public. Just over a quarter (28%) felt Prime Minister David Cameron was dealing with the situation well, compared to a majority (57%) who felt that he was dealing with things badly.  The results for Home Secretary Teresa May and London Mayor Boris Johnson were similarly negative, with 58% and 54% respectively thinking they were dealing with the situation badly.
In the longer term, the public were sceptical that those taking part in the unrest would be punished. More than two thirds (67%) believed that a majority of those rioting will ‘probably get away with it’ while a further 18% felt that most or all would escape punishment.
Over one in five (23%) expect the riots to last until the weekend while a similar number (21%) believes that they will continue beyond then.
Joe Twyman, Director of Political and Social Research at YouGov said: “It is clear from the data that a majority of the population feels that politicians have handled the unrest badly so far. There is also significant support for making a wide range of new tactics available to the police. However, this is clearly a rapidly changing situation and we shall continue to monitor public opinion to investigate how things develop.”
Full results for the survey are available here. All figures, unless otherwise stated are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,534 adults. The data has been weighted to be representative of the British adult population as a whole. Fieldwork was undertaken between the 8th and 9th August 2011. The survey was carried out online.


  1. This goes to my comment about votes of no confidence, Cameron is like to face a vote of no confidence in this situation.

  2. Arming the police or more heavily arming them is bad news unless it's accompanied by regular and rigorous training.

    This is one of the big problems in the States, lack of training.