The first post-Mitchell resignation poll has 52% saying he should quit as an MP as well twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/stâ€¦
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 21, 2012
Amongst the mass of polling overnight for the Sunday papers only one of the surveys, Survation for the Mail on Sunday, was carried out entirely after the Osborne train ticket affair and the resignation of Andrew Mitchell.
The voting numbers are bad for for both coalition parties – CON 30/LAB 43/LD 8/UKIP 12. The firm is the only one that puts UKIP on an equal footing with the three main parties in its prompts and generally has by far the biggest shares for Farage’s party.
On Mitchell himself just one third of those polled say he should stay on as an MP with 52% wanting him to resign his seat. Amongst other findings the paper reports:-
Nearly one in two say the Prime Minister handled the issue badly, with support from a mere 14 per cent. Mr Cameron should have fired Mr Mitchell as soon as the claims that he called a policeman a â€˜f****** plebâ€™ surfaced, say nearly six out of ten.
Only one in ten accept Mr Mitchellâ€™s denial that he called the officer a â€˜plebâ€™.
What do you say about such polling? This took place while the resignation news and Osborne first class train ticket issue was dominating the headlines and clearly all of this was shaping the instant reaction.
Other overnight polls:
The UKIP figures for Opinium will be added when it becomes available.
All the overnight polling has, unfortunately, been online. Hopefully we should see at least two telephone surveys, which cost a lot more to carry out, in the next week.
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