Politics, Government & Current Affairs

Osborne Should Choose Between Being an MP or Being Evening Standard Editor Say Two-Thirds of Tatton Constituents – Survation for 38 Degrees

New polling by Survation of residents in Tatton shows that two-thirds agree that George Osborne should choose between editing a daily newspaper and remaining as an MP, just two-weeks after the former Chancellor accepted a job as editor of the London Evening Standard.

Only 18% of respondents disagreed that Osborne should choose between the two roles, with the remaining 16% giving no opinion. Osborne has said he intends to remain an MP.


The constituency telephone poll, of 507 Tatton residents on behalf of 38 Degrees, also showed that while 54% of constituents said that Osborne’s second job would not affect their vote, nearly two-in-five said that it makes them less likely to vote for him, including 38% of 2015 Conservative voters.

Elsewhere in the poll:

  • Just over a quarter (26%) of his constituents told Survation that Osborne was right to accept the job as editor of the London Evening Standard, compared to almost two-thirds (62%) that said he was wrong. The remaining 12% didn’t know.
  • A majority of his constituents (58%) said that being editor of the London Evening Standard will have a negative effect on his ability to represent them as the MP for Tatton. More than a third (36%) said that it would either have a positive effect or no effect, while 6% didn’t know.
  • While 58% of constituents expressed an intention to vote Conservative at the next election, 37% of those said that Osborne was wrong to accept the Evening Standard editorship.


Full tables are available here.

Survation interviewed 507 adults aged 18+ in the Tatton constituency via telephone on the 22nd March 2017. Data were weighted by age, sex, region and the 2015 General Election result. A systematic random sample of telephone numbers (landline and mobile) in postcodes corresponding to the constituency, balanced by age, sex and ward-level targets, were called. Survation is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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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