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Ispos Mori: Brexit, crime, immigration – majority think Government has done a bad job, poll shows

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majority of Britons believe the Government has done a “bad job” on a string of key policies including Brexit, levelling-up, immigration, crime and improving the NHS, a new poll has revealed.

The Ipsos MORI survey for The Standard found only one area where most of the public believe ministers have performed well – getting people jabbed as quickly as possible.

But the poll’s other findings are a damning verdict on Boris Johnson’s Government since the December 2019 General Election:

  • With the failure to stop thousands of people risking their lives in small, unseaworthy boats to cross the Channel to Britain, 73 per cent of adults say the Government is doing a bad job on managing immigration, with just 14 per cent a good one, a net score of -59.
  • Despite pledging to plough billions into deprived areas in the North and Midlands, 66 per cent say the Government is doing a bad job at reducing inequalities between different regions, just 17 per cent that it is doing well, a net score of -49.
  • As waiting lists hit six million, 70 per cent state that the Government is doing a bad job on improving the NHS, only 21 per cent take the opposite view, a net score of -49.
  • On dealing with crime, the Government is also in the dock with 59 per cent saying it is doing a bad job, and 21 a good one, a net score of -38.
  • On improving the education system, the Government’s marks are 55 per cent bad job, 21 per cent good job, a net score of -34.
  • As it raises taxes to the highest sustained level on record, 58 per cent think the Government has done a bad job on handling taxation and public expenditure, 28 per cent say it has performed well, a net score of -30.
  • Fifty-seven per cent regard the Government’s handling of Britain’s exit from the EU as a bad job, 33 per cent a good one, a net score of -24.
  • After the COP26 summit in Glasgow, 52 per cent say the Government has done a bad job on dealing with climate change, 31 per cent good, net score -21.
  • On getting the nation jabbed as soon as possible, 84 per cent regard the Government to have done a good job, with just 11 per cent being of the opposite opinion, a net score of +73.
  • On handling the Covid pandemic, 49 per cent say the Government has done badly, 34 per cent well, a net score of -15.
  • Forty-three per cent say the Government has performed worse than expected since it was re-elected in December 2019, 41 per cent “about the same” and just 11 per cent better than expected.

Gideon Skinner, head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, said: “It’s not just stories of Christmas parties that should give the Conservatives concern, but also perceptions of delivery on substantive policy areas, as our latest public scorecard on Government performance shows.”

The poll also showed that 52 per cent expect the economy to get worse over the next 12 months, double the 25 per cent who think it will improve, giving an Economic Optimism Index score of -27, almost unchanged on the -26 of last month.

* Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,005 British adults 18+ by telephone 3rd – 10th December 2021. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population. Full details at www.ipsos-mori.com

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