Two Thirds Of The Public Don't Trust Politicians At All According To Poll
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New data shows that around two-thirds of people don't trust politicians as far as they could throw them.
Less than 24 hours before UK polling stations open for the general election, a series of LADbible polls suggests that voters are almost resigned to being let down - whoever they vote for.
They also revealed that more than half of people haven't bothered to read a single party manifesto in the run up to Thursday's vote - and also tipped Jeremy Corbyn for PM, despite his Labour Party trailing the Tories polls.
The first of three polls this week - about trust - showed that 67 percent of the 4,419 people who responded said they didn't trust politicians at all based on what they'd seen in the run up to tomorrow's vote.
The #GeneralElection is this week and we're talking about trust. During this campaign, has it changed how much you trust politicians?
- LADbible (@ladbible) December 9, 2019
Nineteen percent said the current campaign had made them trust politicians less than they did; 12 percent said they trusted them the same; and two percent said they actually trusted politicians more thanks to the current campaign, which has seen Labour leader dogged by claims of anti-semitism; LibDem head Jo Swinson get into a playground shouting match with Brexit Party everyman Nigel Farage, and Boris Johnson hide in a fridge to avoid answering questions.
When it came to carefully scrutinising party manifestos, more than half (59 percent) of the 2,819 people who responded said they hadn't read a single one.
Despite that, 28 percent said they'd read some, and 13 percent said they'd read all the main parties' promise pamphlets.
Less than two days until the #GE2019 polls open. Have you read any of the main parties' manifestos?
- LADbible (@ladbible) December 10, 2019
After all that, who would make the best Prime Minister? That was Wednesday's poll, and almost half of the 13,000 people who responded plumped for Labour leader Corbyn.
Conservative leader and current PM Boris Johnson attracted 34 percent of the vote and the LibDems' Swinson got seven percent.
Ten percent went for other, however - with 'none of the above' being a very popular comment indeed.
One day until #GE2019 lets you cast your vote. From what you've seen and heard from the main parties, who'd make the best PM?
- LADbible (@ladbible) December 11, 2019
Previous LADbible polls have shown that Brexit was still dividing voters, even though a fair few had changed their minds on their original referendum votes, and that although climate change was a big issue, lots of us think we could do more to help save the planet.
Sadly, one of the key themes of this election has been the appalling behaviour of many of the candidates - either ducking interviews, peddling half truths, chucking spurious numbers around or just generally failing to be straight with the people they actually work for.
That's us, btw.
Voters go to the polls on 12 December. Make sure you're one of them.
Check Your PMs is LADbible's countdown to the general election on 12 December. We'll be encouraging people to vote, looking at the issues that matter to our audience and asking YOU what you really think of politics in 2019.