More than three-in-four Conservative supporters back a big increase in sick pay, a new poll suggests.
Research carried out for the RSA finds:
- 76% of the public would like to see chancellor Rishi Sunak extend sick pay so people get full wages for self-isolating, rather than statutory sick pay (currently around £95 per week), including 74% of Conservatives and 81% of Labour voters.
- 62% of Conservative and 70% of Labourvoters back an extension of the furlough scheme, expected to be announced in the Budget.
- 50% of the public would back the proposed 'online sales tax', including 61% of Conservative voters.
“Our polling shows really strong support for eradicating the awful choice many workers face between feeding their family and following the Government’s guidelines. Even with the vaccine, self-isolation will continue to be a crucial part of our fight against the virus, so the Government should not hold back on providing generous support for those who have to self-isolate.
"More broadly, there is strong support for a more activist state even amongst Tory voters. People recognise it will take a tremendous effort to deliver good and secure work after the pandemic, so there is a clear case for maintaining conditional furlough support, alongside generous retraining policies, as we recover."
Ash Singleton, email@example.com, 07799 737 970
Yonder conducted an online sample of 2004 GB/UK adults 18+ between 12 and 14 February 2021. Data is weighted to be representative of the population of Great Britain.
Targets for quotas and weights are taken from the PAMCO survey, a random probability F2F survey conducted annually with 35,000 adults. Yonder is a founder member of the British Polling Council and abides by it rules. For further information see http://www.britishpollingcouncil.org/
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