Goodbye London: 14% think the UK would be better off without capital

A new YouGov Live poll suggests that 14% of Britons think the United Kingdom would be better off without its capital - including a plurality of UKIP voters.

The poll, conducted 16th November, asked respondents for their views on several issues.

London in the union

When asked, “Generally speaking, do you think the UK would be better off with or without London?” a striking 14% said they thought the country would be better off without its southern economic powerhouse. A majority (64%) said they thought the UK would be better off with its capital, and a further 22% said they did not know.

The most significant splits in opinion were unsurprisingly geographical. 22% of Scotland-based respondents said they thought the UK would be better off without London as did 21% of respondents from the North. The most pro-London regions were the capital itself (86%) and the Rest of the South (71%).

In terms of political splits, UKIP voters were most likely to say the union would be better of without its financial and business hub, with 47% giving such an answer. This is more than the 45% of UKIP voters saying the country would be better off with London.

School funding and donations

The poll also asked respondents whether it was acceptable or unacceptable for schools to ask students’ parents to donate money for books and stationary in difficult financial times. The poll followed the news that a school in Theresa May’s own constituency had done just that, as reported by the BBC. Over half of respondents (53%) said it was unacceptable compared to the 35% who said it was acceptable.

The full results of the YouGov Live poll can be accessed here. Data are weighted to improve representativeness. 3,116 respondents took part in the poll.