date: 25 March 2011

embargo: 03:00hrs Saturday March 26 2011

Majority back aims of TUC March for the Alternative

A new YouGov poll published today (Saturday) shows the majority of people in the UK back the aims of today's TUC March for the Alternative.

YouGov asked: 'On Saturday 26 March, members of the public, community groups and trade unions will march in London to campaign against public sector spending cuts. Generally speaking, do you support or oppose the aim of the march to campaign against public sector spending cuts?'

The majority (52 per cent) said yes, with one in three (31 per cent) disagreeing. Even one in five Conservative voters back the aims of the march.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'I'm sure that many of our critics will try to write us off today as a minority, vested interest. This poll nails that lie.

'The thousands coming to London from across the country will be speaking for their communities when they call for a plan B that saves vital services, gets the jobless back to work and tackles the deficit through growth and fair tax.'





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- All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,720 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20-21 March 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

- All TUC press releases can be found at

- The TUC March for the Alternative is taking place in central London on Saturday 26 March. The march will form up from 11am on the Victoria Embankment between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges and proceed through central London until reaching Hyde Park, where the rally will start from around 1.30pm.

- Further info about the logistics of the march and reasons why people are marching for an alternative to the cuts is available at

- People wanting to find out about transport to the march in their local area should visit

- Journalists wanting to arrange interviews with TUC leaders before the march or looking for media access to the march and rally should speak to the TUC press office.


Media enquiries:
Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248 M: 07778 158175 E:
Rob Holdsworth T: 020 7467 1372 M: 07717 531150 E:
Elly Gibson T: 020 7467 1337 M: 07900 910624 E:

Press release (500 words) issued 26 Mar 2011

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