Education key issue in Norwich North – poll
The headline figures on this by-election actually have the Conservative’s ‘edging ahead’ of Labour however, the findings reported on the University and College Union website are just as interesting. It found that neither expenses nor the economy is likely to be a key issue in the battle for Norwich North:
“Over three-quarters (77%) of constituents said that providing affordable access to education and training was important in helping Norwich and the country beat the recession, while four-fifths (82%) called for every local person who met entry standards to be entitled to a free place at a local college or university.”
Just under half the respondents up to 34 were ‘more likely to vote for a party promising more investment in education’. It should be very worrying for us that it only found 10% who trusted the Liberal Democrats to invest the most in education; here perhaps we need to think about hammering our message home, especially on tuition fees.
This possibly impacts on the fact in the voting intention poll we are only 1% ahead of the Green’s in the context of a General Election. It does have to be noted that the sample size is relatively small (502 adults) however it does give us a rather interesting insight into how one of the key issues in this campaign could unfold.