CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE 2019
What readers are saying about the Conservative government’s performance & policies over the last year
As 2019 continues to be an unprecedented year in British politics, Conservative Party members head to Manchester this weekend for their yearly conference amid mounting controversy surrounding newly installed leader Boris Johnson.
With a general election potentially on the cards and a lot of scrutiny over Johnson’s no-deal Brexit plan, Conservatives will be taking this time to reflect on the last year and prepare for the drastic changes that lay ahead.
With Opinary’s in-article polling tools, we’ve been able to see some interesting insights about the party’s flagship policies, their handling of Brexit, and their performance over the last year. Here is what we found.
The Supreme Court’s verdict on Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament has thrown a spanner in the works, as Johnson hoped to take a five week break from parliament and implement a new Queen’s Speech to outline his legislative agenda which would seek to end years of austerity.
Critics say the extended prorogation sought to limit parliament’s ability to scrutinize the government, while Johnson’s allies say it was simply a normal part of the parliamentary process. The Times’ readers were split 51% against and 49% in favor. 77% of the Financial Times readers, however, were against the extended break.
87% of the Financial Times’ readers think Boris Johnson is not the right person to lead the UK and 67% of The Times’ readers think he should resign, but 56% of AOL readers say he’s an improvement on Theresa May.
Johnson shot to power by standing out as an optimistic voice in the face of pessimism over the country’s departure from the EU. Supporters have lauded his “deal or no deal” approach to leave the European Union “do or die.”
It may have worked with Conservative Party members, but our insights tell a different story. Aggregating data from multiple publishers, we found 81% of readers think he is unlikely to secure a better deal than his predecessor, 72% are worried about the potential effects of a no deal Brexit, and 58% say there is no public support for Johnson’s strategy.
The impact of austerity measures which cut public spending caused issues for Theresa May, and Johnson’s government has already taken steps to reverse the cuts. This will be well received by the 61% of readers who think police cuts have been responsible for rising incidents of violent crime across the nation.
Readers were split over the previous government’s “Knife-free” chicken box campaign, which saw information printed on fast-food packaging and sent to chicken shops. While some said it was a good way to reach at-risk youth, 51% said it was insulting and missed the mark.
What may prove difficult for Johnson in the future is the problem of Islamophobia within the party’s ranks, which 58% of readers say is not being tackled effectively.
For context, we also asked iNews and AOL readers which party they would vote for if a general election were held tomorrow. The majority of iNews readers opted for Labour and the Liberal Democrats, while 47% of AOL readers said they would back the Conservatives.
All vote counts and percentages correct at time of writing.
Opinary polls are not representative or scientific, but serve to highlight the views of particular audiences.