Thursday 30 November 2023
Did the government really just cut your taxes?
What the government takes from you in tax and what it chooses to spend that money on is a crucial question in any election. The next one won’t be any different. But with the economy struggling and high inflation how much room is there for manoeuvre?
Thursday 23 November 2023
Could Joe Biden and Rishi Sunak face defeat at the ballot box next year for the same reasons?
Polls suggest both US president Joe Biden and Rishi Sunak face an uphill battle to win votes in upcoming national elections. Even though they sit on different sides of the political fence could it be that Biden and Sunak face defeat for the same reasons?
Thursday 16 November 2023
War and peace: do we want to spend more money on defence?
Britain spends nearly £50 billion on defence. In an increasingly hostile and unpredictable world would voters like the government to spend more on defence?
Wednesday 8 November 2023
Can the King’s Speech dig the Conservatives out of the poll doldrums?
The King’s Speech included 21 pieces of legislation. But will any of it help the Conservatives win back the voters who have abandoned the party?
Thursday 2 November 2023
Immigration: have we taken back control?
Lots of politicians have promised to get net migration down to tens of thousands a year. But it remains stubbornly high. Why? And how are our attitudes to immigration changing?
Thursday 26 October 2023
Overcrowded prisons: does the punishment fit the crime?
Two-thirds of prisons in England and Wales are officially overcrowded. How did that happen and what do people think about punishments for criminals?
Wednesday 18 October 2023
Why the Brexit referendum wasn’t all David Cameron’s fault
John and Rachel discuss Brexit. What do the numbers tell us about the UK’s past relationship with the EU; what do we think about Brexit now and is it still an issue which is driving voter intention?
Thursday 12 October 2023
University: who goes, who pays and does it change us?
The UK has seen a huge increase in the number of young people going to university in recent years. Rachel Wolf and John Curtice whether having more graduates has changed us. John also predicts the date of the next election.
Thursday 5 October 2023
Why Labour’s poll lead might not be as strong as you think, and what do Scottish voters want?
Labour is enjoying a poll lead of around 17 per cent. But how strong is that lead and what do the numbers suggest when it comes to Keir Starmer’s leadership? And how has the turmoil in the SNP following the resignation of Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister earlier this year altered the electoral landscape in Scotland?
Thursday 28 September 2023
Drill baby drill: rowing back on net zero targets
Why is Rishi Sunak giving the go ahead to exploit the UK’s biggest untapped oil field in the North Sea and rowing back on net zero commitments, and who belongs to a political party these days?
Monday 25 September 2023
Is HS2 a high-speed failure?
Plus: Adidas’s single-use super shoe and the asteroid sample that could hold the secret to how life began
Thursday 21 September 2023
Liz Truss returns and why young people want lower taxes
For forty years the British Social Attitudes survey has provided the most comprehensive insight into who we are and what we think. Sir John Curtice and Rachel Wolf make sense of what it tells us about ourselves.