Voters disagree with Cameronâ€™s description of Margaret Thatcher as â€œthe greatest British peacetime prime ministerâ€ by 41 per cent to 33 per cent, according to a ComRes poll for tomorrow’sÂ Independent on Sunday, shared with theÂ Sunday Mirror. And 60 per cent oppose taxpayer funding for next week’s funeral.
The poll, taken on Wednesday and Thursday this week, found little evidence of a â€œThatcher effectâ€ on voting intentions, putting LABâ€™s lead at eight points, down just one point since last month. UKIP are two points down on last monthâ€™s record high:
CON Â 30% (+2)
LAB Â 38% (+1)
UKIP Â 15% (-2)
LD Â 8% (-1)
OTH Â 9% (0)
(Change sinceÂ last month’s ComRes online pollÂ forÂ Independent on SundayÂ &Â Sunday Mirror.)
Do you agree or disagree?
Margaret Thatcher was Britainâ€™s greatest peacetime Prime Minister
Agree 33% DisagreeÂ 41% Don’t know 26%
Only in the 65-plus age group do more people agree (46%) than disagree (38%).
Public attitudes to her are apparently contradictory, with a majority agreeing both that she was â€œthe most divisive prime minister this country has hadâ€ and that â€œBritain today needs more â€˜conviction politiciansâ€™ like Margaret Thatcherâ€:
Margaret Thatcher was the most divisive Prime Minister this country has had that I can remember
Agree 59% Disagree 18%
Britain today needs more â€˜conviction politiciansâ€™ like Margaret Thatcher
Agree 56% Disagree 26%
CON voters agree by 88% to 3%; LAB ones are more likely to disagree (47%) than agree (34%).
Margaret Thatcherâ€™s ceremonial funeral should not be funded by taxpayers
Agree 60% Disagree 25%
A third (32%) of CON Â voters agree, as do a majority of voters from every other party.
Margaret Thatcher was right to require trade unions to hold secret ballots before strikes
Agree 52% Disagree 20% Don’t know 28%
We received a better level of service from gas, electricity and telephone companies after privatisation
Agree 25% Disagree 38% Don’t know 38%
Overall, Margaret Thatcherâ€™s policies were right for the country at the time
Agree 45% Disagree 34%
Margaret Thatcherâ€™s economic policies did more harm than good
Agree 39% Disagree 35% Don’t know 26%
Which of the following, if any, will you most remember Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for?
Curbing the power of trade unions / the minersâ€™ strikeÂ 49%
The Falklands WarÂ 47%
The Poll TaxÂ 39%
Privatisation of nationalised industries e.g. gas, electricity, telecomsÂ 30%
Council housing â€˜right to buyâ€™Â 27%
Her role in ending the Cold WarÂ 8%
Her relationship with EuropeÂ 5%
Northern Ireland / hunger strikesÂ 4%
None of the aboveÂ 8%
Respondents could choose up to three.