Published: 1 May 2015 at 14:18
Anglia Ruskin poll shows support for SNP, but Clegg and Salmond are off the menu.
A new poll indicates that Labour Party activists would prefer Vince Cable as Deputy Prime Minister in the event of a Labour-led coalition after 7 May.
Anglia Ruskin University’s Labour History Research Unit surveyed 185 Labour councillors in key marginal constituencies across the UK – a combination of target seats that Labour have on their hit list for the General Election, as well as seats vulnerable to a Tory swing.
The poll shows that although a potential Labour-SNP coalition attracts similar support (39% in favour) to a Labour-Lib Dem coalition (37%), there is little appetite for Ed Miliband working alongside Alex Salmond (only 11.8% would accept Salmond as Deputy Prime Minister).
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg is almost as unpopular amongst the Labour grassroots (12.9% would accept Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister) but Vince Cable, himself a former Labour councillor, attracts a much stronger 39.5% approval rating – by the far the highest of likely Deputy Prime Ministerial candidates.
The survey by the Labour History Research Unit also shows:
In the event of a coalition, the Lib Dems’ “red line” promise to increase education funding is backed by 83.8% of Labour councillors, while 76.3% say they would support their pledge to increase the personal tax allowance to £12,500.
Green Party policies on introducing a £10 minimum wage (72% support) and a Financial Transaction Tax (73.8%) also prove popular with the Labour rank and file. Only 44.9% say they would be in favour of the SNP’s policy to scrap the renewal of Trident.
Historian Dr Richard Carr, of Anglia Ruskin’s Labour History Research Unit, said:
To download the results of the survey, please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/labourpoll1may