You Gov boss Peter kellner has been conducting research on what people think of government in the UK. http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_upload...itain%20A5.pdf
And the results are:
About 2/3 of the population think the UK is democratic.
people were asked what they liked and disliked.
3% liked the quality of politicians while 53% disliked it.
3% liked the way the house of lords is elected 39% disliked it
5% like our political parties are good, 39% dislike.
13% liked the fact we get governments elected by less than 50%
of voters, 23% disliked it.
32% liked the queens role, 9% disliked.
The only institution which got more support than the queen was coverage by the media, which 36% liked and 7% disliked.
A similar poll on national attitudes was done in 1954. Then 38% thought their MP was doing a good job. Now 15% think so. 2/3 of people think that however good an MP is when they start the job, they become remote from the people who elected them. 2/3 also believe MPs lie all the time. This rises to 80% amongst supporters of the smaller parties. 57% of people interested in politics think MPs liars, 63% amongts those totally disinterested.
The proportion who trust the government stands at 20%.
58% think the result of an election makes no difference.
Half of both labour and conservative supporters think there is little difference between the two parties.
38% think we would be governed better by professional experts rather than politicians. 43% disagreed.
47% think we have a good choice of parties. The only group where there is a majority who believe there is a good choice of parties is members of the conservativw party.
People were asked who MPs listen to, and who they should listen to:
56% think they listen to large companies, 9% think they should.
44% think they listen to civil servants, 14% think they should.
35% think they listen to newspapers,1% think they should.
30% think they listen to the EU, 2% think they should.
27% think they listen to their voters, 77% think they should.
20% think the listen to the US government, 1% think they should.
4% think they listen to poor families, 40% think they should.
5% think they listen to people like me, 73% think they should.
People were asked how MPs should vote on issues in parliament.
100% said MPs should pay a great deal of attention to the wishes of their constituents, 4% thought they actually do.
100% said MPs should pay a great deal of attention to their election promises, 2% think they do.
30% thought they should pay attention to their party leaders wishes, 63% think they pay most attention to this.
In a free vote 58% thought MPS should vote how their constituents would wish and 29% thought they should be free to use their own judgement. 39% thought MPs should decide big issues, wheras 45% thought they should be put to a referendum. A big majority want MPs to be delegates, obeying their voters wishes, not representatives free to make up their own minds. Only 15% want them to have the freedom they have now
Any suggestions or views from elsewhere?