Just 10 per cent believe that MPs want the best for the UK

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22nd January 2015 11:55 - Central Government

A recent study has found that just 10 per cent of people believe that politicians in the UK genuinely want to “do their best for the country”.Just 10 per cent believe that MPs want the best for the UK

Findings of the study - commissioned by Southampton University - highlight the falling level of confidence in the UK government, as it can be seen that 70 years ago, 36 per cent of those questioned believed that politicians wanted to do their best for the country.

The research also identified that people in the UK are dubious whether politicians are capable of fixing the country’s problems, with 20 per cent of the respondents believing that politicians in the UK do not have the knowledge needed to resolve today’s issues in the UK.

The upcoming national poll in May has been described by a top political analyst as “the election of the aggrieved”, due to a rising number of UKIP, Green Party and Scottish National Party (SNP) supporters.

The poll also found a link between distrust in the government and voting patterns. For example, of the parties, UKIP benefits the most from voters’ distrust.

To further illustrate this, it has been found that feelings of distrust towards the government makes an individual 300 per cent more likely to vote for UKIP, as opposed to negative views of immigration levels, and wanting to part from the EU.

When examining why a proportion of the public does not trust the government, it was found that it is mainly due to finance related issues in the UK, such as the public spending cuts and the recent expenses scandals.

Over the years, the negative sentiment surrounding the government has only grown.  When comparing polls from decades ago to more recent ones, it can be seen that the number of supporters for the main political parties is falling.

On the other hand, more and more individuals are opting to vote outside of the main political parties, with increasing numbers of people supporting the Green Party and UKIP.

However, hostility towards government is not a contemporary notion.  Research in 1944 found that more than one in three felt that MPs were “out for themselves”.

A further study in 1974 discovered that just 15 per cent of the respondents were “happy”, “very happy” or “satisfied” with the performance of MPs at the time.

Southampton University’s research uncovered that nearly three quarters (72%) of the respondents deemed politics to be controlled by self-seeking MPs, who were acting in the best interests of the already elite.

Of the respondents, approximately 4 in 5 (80%) felt that politicians were acting to gain short-term headlines.

A separate study found that Labour has the lead over the Conservative Party, but only by a small majority.

The same study also found that around one in three people have not yet decided how they will vote in the main election, on the 17th May.

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