SE Greens upbeat after another positive poll

28 May 2009

With one week to go before polling day, a YouGov poll has lifted spirits in the South East Campaign after Green politicians were voted the "most trusted to put Britain before self".

The findings back up reports from campaign hustings and stalls across the South East where the Green party appears to be the main beneficiary of the anti-sleaze protest vote.
The poll indicates support for UKIP and the BNP is down. Over two thousand people were asked which party's politicians were most likely to put their own financial interests before the interests of their country.In the scale of mistrust:
• 45% said Labour politicians.
• The Conservatives were almost as bad, with 40% naming them.
• Next were the BNP, the LibDems and UKIP on 20%, 16% and 15% respectively.
• Only 5% of people cited Greens.
It comes in the same week that campaign group Open Democracy  rated the South East's MEP Caroline Lucas as the joint best British MEP on accountability, transparency and reform. Last week a ComRes Poll put the Greens in third place in the South East ready to return party leader Caroline Lucas as MEP and scoop up a second seat for Brighton councillor Keith Taylor.Two more SE MEPs, UKIP's Nigel Farage and the Conservative Nirj Deva came in 66th and 71st places respectively.The Greens point out that polls ahead of Euro-elections usually underestimate their support. In 1989 the Greens were polling on about 7-8% nationally but their actual vote turned out to be 15%.

The Greens believe their million-jobs manifesto for tackling the recession and the climate crisis at the same time has probably struck a chord with a lot of people.

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