Two thirds of Welsh adults would prefer to see no cuts, or smaller cuts, to public spending.

Just over a third (34%) of Welsh adults would prefer to see no cuts at all imposed on public spending by the next UK Government and around the same proportion (32%) would prefer smaller cuts than those being imposed by the present Government, according to our latest opinion poll for the Western Mail.

Around one in five adults in Wales (19%) favours the status quo (that is, the next Government imposing about the same level of cuts as at present) whilst only a very small minority (5%) would prefer to see bigger cuts on public spending in future. One in ten adults (10%) could not express a view, falling into the ‘don’t know’ category.

In the latest wave of the Beaufort Wales Omnibus survey, conducted earlier this month, 1,012 adults in Wales aged 16 and over were asked which of the following actions they would prefer the next UK Government to take regarding the budget deficit after the May 2015 General Election:

• Impose bigger cuts on public spending than the present Government
• Impose about the same level of cuts on public spending as the present Government
• Impose smaller cuts on public spending than the present Government
• Impose no cuts on public spending at all.

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The working classes (C2DEs) in Wales are less likely to want to see the next UK Government imposing any cuts on public spending than the middle classes (ABC1s), with 37% of the former calling for no cuts at all compared with 31% of the latter. The proportion of those in the least affluent DE socioeconomic groups (that is those working in unskilled manual jobs or those not in work and on benefits) wanting no cuts was as high as 41%.

People in the middle age group (35 – 54 years) were most likely to call for no cuts, with 41% in this age group saying this compared with 30% of 16 – 34s and 32% of those aged 55+.

Regionally, people living in South Wales (Cardiff and South East Wales, West South Wales and the Valleys) were most likely to say they’d prefer the next UK Government to impose no cuts on public spending (at 46%, 43% and 32% respectively), compared with 24% of people living in North and Mid / West Wales saying this.

 

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