What the public thinks should happen in a hung Parliament

Only one in five voters think David Cameron should try to form a minority government if his party is the largest but short of an overall majority after Thursday’s general election.

The finding comes in a YouGov poll for The Sun which finds that 37% think in such circumstances Cameron should try to form a “grand coalition” with Labour and Lib Dems and a further 24% think he should “seek to work with the Liberal Democrats”. Only 20% said he should “seek to form a minority government, without doing any deals with any other party”.

Although The Sun has previously come in for criticism for commissioning poll results that it hasn’t published, this result is published in the bottom left corner of page 4 in today’s edition.

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5 Comments

  • “37% think in such circumstances Cameron should try to form a “grand coalition” with Labour and Lib Dems”

    Surely says more about Joe Public than what ought to happen in such circumstances.

  • A hung parliament is still not certain, though, and how far the Tories get from 326 seats will be crucial. To this end, Lib Dems should be:
    1- Pursuing every vote in seats where the LDs are first, second or a close third.
    2- Voting Labour in Lab-Con marginals where Labour start 10%+ ahead to block a Tory majority or something close
    whilst also:
    3- Voting Tory in Lab-Con micromarginals to make clear to Labour that they have had their last Commons majority.

  • Paul McKeown 4th May '10 - 1:06pm

    Hugh,

    Why not just vote Lib Dem, if that’s what you believe in. In the end weight of number will count. The Liberal Democrats have been playing a long game. I remember talk after the 1987 debacle of a twenty year march to power; it has been twenty years, now, and enormous gains have been booked and will shortly be booked. It is no longer unreasonable to talk of a five or ten year plan for Liberal Democratic government. If we get 85 seats and make a further 150 seats marginals within our range, then with good funding, good organisation on the ground, good policies to promote and a good national campaign, then we could attain minority government or a coalition with the LD’s as senior partner, with a good shove or a couple of good shoves. The more votes we get now, all over the country, the closer we get. Ultimately, this has to be our ambition. Depending on some other party to be nice to us, just doesn’t cut the mustard.

  • Andrew Suffield 4th May '10 - 2:02pm

    At this point I’m mostly curious about how many times “Hugh” can get away with posting exactly the same noise in every other comment thread, ignoring all prior criticism.

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