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Brits dismissive of Tory record on immigration and NHS

As David Cameron prepares to give his closing speech at the Conservative party conference, a new ComRes poll for ITV News suggests the public are dismissive of his party's record in government, especially on flagship NHS and immigration policies.

David Cameron at the Conservative party conference. Credit: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

The poll found that, two thirds of Britons think that the Conservatives handling of immigration has been bad for Britain, while 57% think the same of the party’s management of the NHS.

When asked if the government's policy on immigration was good or bad for the country:

  • 65% Bad
  • 8% Good
  • 18% Neither good nor bad

On the Conservative's overall management of the NHS, those questioned said:

  • 57% Bad
  • 11% Good
  • 22% Neither good nor bad

Third of marginal seat voters would consider voting Ukip

A third of voters in 40 marginal seats would consider voting for Ukip at the next general election but over half said they would next cast their ballot for the eurosceptic party, a new ComRes poll for ITV News suggests.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

In the event of a coalition government after the next election, voters would prefer the Liberal Democrats to Ukip as the junior partner by 42% compared to 35%.

Conservative voters also preferred to work with the Lib Dems instead of Ukip by 47% to 40%.


Poll gives Labour 11-point lead in key marginal seats

A new ITV News poll shows Labour have a big lead in the battleground marginal seats that are key to next year's general election.

Ed Miliband will be cheered by the latest figures on marginal seats. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

The ComRes survey found Ed Miliband's party were 11 points ahead of the Tories in the 40 tightest contests, a rise of five points since June.

Labour are currently on 41% in these seats, with the Tories on 30% - both sides were on 37% in these seats at the 2010 election.

ITV News Index: Scottish MPs 'should not have vote on English laws'

The majority of Brits think Scotland MPs should not be able to vote in Westminster on laws that only affect England, according to the latest ComRes/ITV News Index poll.

Some 65% of 2,048 people surveyed agreed it was time to stop Scottish MPs voting on laws that affect England, with just 15% opposed to the idea and 20% saying they did not know.

But 48% of those questioned also said they did not feel more positive towards David Cameron following the referendum campaign.

Just 29% of those polled said they felt more positive towards the Prime Minister following the campaign while 24% said they did not know.


Half of Brits 'want more powers for English and Welsh cities'

Half of Brits believe more decision-making powers should be devolved to English and Welsh cities and regions following the debate over Scottish independence, according to the ComRes/ITV News Index poll.

When asked whether they supported or opposed giving more decision-making powers on issues such as tax, education and policing to big cities:

  • 48% supported the measure
  • 25% were opposed
  • 27% said they did not know

However, 47% of those surveyed were opposed to Wales holding a referendum on independence compared to 23% who supported the move.

1 in 3 'say Cameron should resign if Scotland votes Yes'

Just one in three Brits think David Cameron should resign as Prime Minister if Scotland becomes independent, the latest ComRes/ITV News Index poll shows.

The ComRes/ITV News Index poll took place between the 12 and 14 September. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Of those surveyed, 31% agreed Cameron should resign if Scotland votes Yes at the referendum.

Almost half (48%) said he should not give up his post as Prime Minister, while 21% said they did not know.

54% 'think Scots MPs shouldn't vote on non-Scots issues'

More than half of Britons think Scottish MPs should not be allowed to vote on issues in Westminster that do not impact on Scotland, according to the latest ComRes/ITV News Index poll.

Those surveyed were asked what they thought 'regardless of the result of the Scottish referendum. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

While 54% of those questioned supported the idea, 23% were opposed and 24% said they did not know.

ComRes surveyed 2,052 British adults between 12 and 14 September.

'63% of Brits' say Scotland staying is good for Britain

The majority of Brits believe that Scotland staying in the union is good for Britain, according to the latest ComRes/ITV News Index poll.

Do you think Scotland remaining part of the UK is good or bad for Britain?

This graph shows the differing opinions in June 2014 compared to September 2014. Credit: ComRes/ITV News

Of the 2,052 adult Britons surveyed:

  • 63% felt Scotland remaining in the UK was good for Britain
  • 14% believed it would be bad
  • 23% said they did not know
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