More than a third of Brits now oppose the roll-out of the UK Government’s Universal Credit benefit, according to a new independent poll on public opinion towards the flagship ‘welfare reform’.
A poll conducted by YouGov, who many regard as being a right-leaning polling company, found that 38 per cent of Britons oppose the introduction of Universal Credit, compared to 27 per cent who continue to support it.
However, the poll also suggest that large numbers of people remain uncertain as to whether the new benefit, which replaces six existing benefits with one single monthly payment, will be good or bad for Britain.
According to the poll results, 37 per cent of Brits have yet to decide if Universal Credit is a good or bad policy.
This uncertainty suggests a lack of awareness and knowledge about Universal Credit, and who it affects, and will provide a certain level of comfort for the UK Government who are facing a barrage of calls to fix or scrap the struggling benefit.
The level of uncertainty is compounded further when the respondents were asked if Universal Credit is “fair” or “unfair”.
38% said it is unfair while only 19% said it is a fair replacement for the current benefits system, but a majority of respondents (43 per cent) said they didn’t know if Universal Credit is fair or unfair.
YouGov reports: “Labour voters are the most negative about the policy – 50 per cent oppose its introduction and 55 per cent think it is unfair.
“By contrast, Conservative voters tend to be in favour of Universal Credit – they support it by 37 per cent to 26 percent and they think it is fair by 31 per cent to 25 per cent.
However, these figures still suggest that large numbers of Tory voters believe Universal Credit is the wrong policy choice for the UK Government
YouGov also note that people from a working class background are “more likely to oppose the policy’s introduction than middle class people”.