Re-appearing on the streets of Penarth this week are the wooden suggestion boxes which were located around Penarth last year (along with pads and pencils) canvassing ideas for the “improvement” of Penarth.
This time the organisers are indulging in a more overtly political opinion poll – a thinly-veiled attempt to persuade Penarth to change its collective mind about leaving the European Union.
One political researcher said there appeared to be no means of checking how many times any individual could vote in the “ballot” – and the campaign appeared to be “just other sour-grapes stunt to try to reverse the results of referendum”.
When the ideas submitted in last year’s “Suggestion Box 20 ” operation were revealed in Foxy’s Restaurant, (see http://tinyurl.com/jg5tkuu ) the organisers remained determinedly anonymous, out-of-sight and never revealed who they were – but local residents said they appeared to be a group with scant respect for transparency and public accountability .
Meanwhile a professional opinion poll carried out by You Gov in association with Cardiff University for ITV Wales has revealed:-
- If there actually was a second EU Referendum Wales would vote 53% (Remain) and 47% for Leave
- The Labour Party has fallen to its lowest level of support since before the 2010 General Election for both Westminster and the Welsh Assembly
- Support for Plaid Cymru has reached its highest ever level of support in Wales
If a UK General Election was held now in Wales – then based on a uniform swing across the country the results would b
- Labour 26 seats (gaining Gower and Vale of Clwyd, but losing Ynys Mon)
- Conservatives 9 seats (losing Gower and Vale of Clwyd)
- Plaid Cymru would win 4 seats (winning Ynys Mon)
- Liberal Democrats would retain 1 seat (Ceredigion).
In an Welsh Assembly election the results would be:-
- Labour 26 seats (down 3 on May’s Assembly election);
- Plaid Cymru 15 seats (up 3);
- Conservative 10 seats (down 1);
- UKIP 8 seats (up 1)
- Liberal Democrats 1 seat (no change).
The poll was based on a sample of 1,010 Welsh adults carried out between June 30 and July 4.