Does climate resonate with the public?

A recent Populus Poll published on Conservative Home breaks down the party’s overall improvement in support by policy area.  Overwhelmingly the Economy comes first, at +36%, with Tax & Spending at +21%, and housing at +17%.  Europe lags in 5th position at +11%.  And climate?  The hot issue into which we’ve sunk so much effort?  It’s down in 9th position, at a mere 6%.  Of course most people think we should “do something” about climate, until they realise that it means £1000 extra on a new car, or £100 extra on the family holiday.  And at a time when we’re facing exceptional inflation on both food and energy, the public are starting to understand that climate policies, biofuel targets and carbon taxes are helping to drive up prices.  In the middle of an exceptionally cold summer, global warming is the least of their worries.

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2 Responses to Does climate resonate with the public?

  1. Ryan Lavelle says:


    If you think the economy is an issue now, just wait until this summer of discontent gets going.

    As I have told you repeatedly, we are in the middle of the worst economic crisis in world history.

    When are you politicians going to listen and do something about it?

    And I don’t mean keep pushing for more idiotic trade deals that have got precisely NOTHING to do with the systemic economic crisis that we face in the banking, financial and credit system.

  2. Roger Helmer says:

    Thanks for reminding me, Ryan. I’ve been meaning to write a blog piece which (for me) will be quite remarkable. I intend to commend Peter Mandelson — yes really — on the good work he is doing on the Doha Round. I don’t know if he’ll succeed. And if he does, I’m sure I’ll find some details of the new agreement to take issue with. But it is critical, not only for us but especially for the third world, that we get a new trade deal in place.

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