Politics 6 September 2011 Do you approve? Yesterday's YouGov/<i>Sun</i> poll is the best snapshot of the mood of the British public. So how ar Print HTML I like opinion polls. I go to YouGov's interesting website most days to get a sense of the changing mood of the nation. Today, it had some interesting results that are worth discussing, especially on the economy, in the YouGov/Sun poll taken between the 5 and 6 September. First, after some recent evidence that the Labour Party's lead over the Tories was narrowing, it has widened again to 6 points: Labour 43 per cent, Tories 37 per cent and the Lib Dems 9 per cent. Plus, there were some striking findings on the economy that make interesting reading. The government looks to be in trouble on the economy. Question 1 Do you approve or disapprove of the government's record to date? (per cent) Approve 30; Disapprove 55; Don't know 15. Question 2 Thinking about the way the government is cutting spending to reduce the government's deficit, do you think this is . . . (per cent) a) Good for the economy 35; Bad for the economy 49; Don't know 16.b) Being done fairly 27; Being done unfairly 59; Don't know 14.c) Necessary 57; Unnecessary 31; Don't know 12.d) Too deep 47; Too shallow 9; About right 27; Don't know 17.e) Being done too quickly 52, Too slowly 8; About right 28; Don't know 12.f) Having an impact on my life 68; Not having an impact on my life 23; Don't know 9. Question 3 Thinking about the next two or three years, how worried are you that people like you will . . . (per cent) a) Not have enough money to live comfortably? -- Worried 70; Not worried 27; Don't know 3.b) Suffer directly from cuts in spending on public services, such as health, education and welfare? -- Worried 71; Not worried 26; Don't know 3.c) Lose their job/have difficulty finding work? -- Worried 64; Not worried 32; Don't know 4.d) Lose their home? -- Worried 43; Not worried 53; Don't know 4. So, Britons think that cuts are necessary but are being done unfairly; are bad for the economy; are too deep; are being done too quickly and are having an impact on their lives; they are worried about the future impact of the cuts and losing their jobs, and they disapprove of the government's track record. I agree, of course. I suspect the lack of support for the coalition's economic policy is going to spread as the economy slows further in the second half of the year. I will keep you posted. › Ken Clarke talks up his rehabilitation revolution David Blanchflower is economics editor of the New Statesman and professor of economics at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire Subscribe More Related articles Northern Ireland is another Brexit circle Theresa May must square Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Andrea Leadsom as Environment Secretary mean for policy? Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?