7 October 2013
As party leaders enjoy increased approval ratings, a new poll suggests they could boost popularity further by embracing public ownership of public services. The poll, carried out by Survation for campaign group We Own It, suggests that a policy in favour of public ownership would positively affect voters by 4:1. 46% of voters would be more likely to vote for a party promoting public ownership instead of outsourcing and privatisation by default and only 11% less likely. (43% said it wouldn't make a difference.)
63% of Labour voters, 52% of Liberal Democrat voters and 25% of Conservative voters said they would be more likely to vote for such a party. 49% of UKIP voters would also be more likely to vote for a party with this policy.
We Own It is a new campaign group which is calling for public ownership to be the default option for public services. The group is campaigning for a Public Service Users Bill to give service users a voice in the process of contracting out and selling off public services. The Bill would require local and national government to look at public ownership best practice before outsourcing or privatising services. This would mean that the public would be consulted before the Royal Mail was sold off, or before railway services were contracted out, for example.
The poll, carried out by Survation for campaign group We Own It, asked 'If a political party announced a plan to end the privatisation / contracting out of public services by default, and take more public services into public ownership, would that make you more or less likely to vote for that party, or would it have no effect?'