“Concentrate on growth” now has biggest lead to date

It’s said in consultancy, “a junior analyst needs three data points to call it a trend, a director needs two points for a trend, and a VP just needs one point”.

Whoever’s interpreting the data on the question of prioritising growth vs deficit reduction, it certainly now looks like a trend. For the third consecutive poll, the gap has increased in favour of concentrating on growth, “even if this means the deficit gets worse”.

It’s now at its widest point so far (17pts), with little more than a quarter saying the government should stick to its deficit-reduction strategy at the cost of slow growth:

If the government is to fight the next election with the argument that it’s been making tough but necessary decisions, it will have to reverse this trend.

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