So far, we’ve had two polls ask specific questions on the decision to limit rises in benefits to 1% over the next three years.
Rather frustratingly, they’ve come up with almost completely contradictory results.
In the spirit of trying to confuse the hell out of everyone, the results of both polls are below, with the full questions and answer options, so you can decide what has led the public to give such different answers.
As for what I think, I initially thought it might be down to references to inflation, but both poll questions reference a “below inflation” increase. Now I suspect that one factor might be that the Mori poll named the benefits to be frozen in their question, while YouGov did not.
Another factor might be that Mori ask ‘what “should” happen, while YouGov ask if the government decision was “right” or not. For example, people might feel that benefits “should’ rise by inflation, but that special circumstances might apply at the moment, making it the “right” decision.
Anyway, all this means is that everyone gets to pick the reality which suits them best!