Bu 55% to 23% voters tell ComRes that they think Cameron is being cowardly by trying to avoid the TV debates pic.twitter.com/TadhiK6HJs
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 13, 2015
But what we don’t know is how salient an issue this is
I am always a bit wary about polling like that featured above. Yes Mr. Cameron’s approach draws some negatives but does it actually matter?
Isn’t the leaders’ debate issue just a concern that gets those within the “bubble” excited but few others? Will it really swing many votes?
It is said that Cameron and his team don’t want them because they they put him and Mr. Miliband on an equal plane which is far from the image they want to project. Maybe and that seems a politically sound approach.
But the danger for the Tories is if Labour and the other parties are, within two weeks of voting, able to get some mileage out of Cameron’s reluctance. Attacks then could be damaging.