A recent YouGov live poll suggests that the public think it is more democratic for MPs to vote for what they believe than follow a party whip system.
The live poll, conducted on the 4th September and weighted according to the Great British population, asked respondents the following question:
“In the House of Commons, the main parties use a system of ‘whipping’ which means MPs are encouraged, via a number of ways, to vote with their party, either in government or opposition. Which comes closest to your view?”
A total of 26% said they thought it was more democratic for MPs to vote with their party. In contrast, 45% said they thought it was more democratic for MPs to vote for what they think is right individually, as the public vote for MPs directly, rather than for a particular party. A further 29% said they did not know.
When it comes to party preference, respondents are split along some interesting lines.
43% of Conservative respondents said it is more democratic for MPs to vote along their party lines, slightly ahead of the 38% who said that MPs should vote how they like.
The full results of teh weighted YouGov Live poll can be accessed here.