Jonathan Jones

What did the public make of the Autumn Statement?

What did the public make of the Autumn Statement?
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The lack of growth in the economy has taken its toll on the government – and George Osborne – according to YouGov's post-Autumn Staement poll. After the Budget in March, 34 per cent said the Chancellor was doing a good job – now it's just 24 per cent. And the percentage saying he's doing a bad job has risen from from 40 to 49. Here's how the public's view of the economic performance of the coalition as a whole has declined since Osborne's first Budget:

Despite this, Labour have failed to seize the initiative. Osborne still leads Ed Balls on the question of who'd make the better Chancellor, 30-24. Indeed, that just 61 per cent of Labour supporters pick Balls should be of deep concern to the Labour leadship. On top of this, just one-in-four say the economy would be in a better shape had Labour won the election, while 37 per cent say we'd be worse off:

Interestingly, Labour have the best numbers on 'encouraging growth' and 'creating jobs', even though the Tories lead on 'steering the economy through the economic crisis' and 'supporting businesses':

On the specific proposals in the Autumn Statement, by far the most popular was cancelling the planned 3p fuel duty rise in January, followed by limiting rail fare rises and increasing the bank levy. Unsurprisingly, the two policies that most split the public are raising the pension age and the public sector pay freeze. And the division is largely along party lines: 82 per cent of Tories back the pay freeze, while 68 per cent of Labour supporters are opposed.