Majority of 2015 Conservative voters support ‘free vote’ for Cabinet ministers during EU Referendum Campaign

A majority (56%) of people who voted Conservative in May’s General Election believe that cabinet ministers should be free to campaign for either side ahead of the forthcoming EU Referendum, according to a new online poll from Survation on behalf of the Huffington Post for Conservative Party Conference.

Less than a third of those voters believe that cabinet ministers should be required to support the government’s official position, seemingly showing that Conservative voters are in favour of collective ministerial responsibility being made redundant on this issue.

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With fieldwork conducted ahead of Survation & The Huffington Post’s “In Conversation With…” event at Conservative Party Conference in Manchester featuring Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, the poll also found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of the public believe that schools should confiscate the mobile phones of pupils during all lessons. At the fringe event, Morgan herself backed an idea to create wifi blackspots in classrooms to negate disruption to lessons.


Further analysis to follow.


Survation interviewed 1,008 GB adults aged 18+ ahead of party conference season on the 21st – 22nd September 2015. Full tables are available here.

To find out more about Survation’s services, and how you can conduct telephone, face to face, focus group or online poll for your research needs, please visit our services page.

Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Survation's Senior Project Manager and all-round superstar from 2014-2018. Chris's only experience of failure during this period related to his loyal support of Colchester United and a close affinity with Ricky Gervais' character David Brent in the UK TV version of "The Office". Chris is currently Data Visualisation & Statistics Specialist at House of Commons. Chris graduated in 2013, having studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at The University of Hull School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. Course leader, Lord Norton of Louth.

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