What do the public really think of Prime Minister’s Questions?

A report by the Hansard Society has revealed what people really think of Prime Minister’s Questions – and it’s not good.

According to the study, most people were “deeply dissatisfied” the way PMQs was conducted, with MPs jeering and not listening to each other. Many people said the MPs behaved worse than their children and 67% thought there was too much party point scoring. A third said it put them off politics, while only 40% said it dealt with the most important issues facing the country.

The results were based on 1,286 face-to-face interviews with members of the public. These were the most commonly used words to describe PMQs.

Words most commonly associated with PMQs:

PMQs wordcloud

National cross section:

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Working class women aged 35+:

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18-34 year-olds:

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Non-voters at the 2012 general election:

PMQs wordcloud

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