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Daily Politics' poll on economic trust

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On the day of the Pre-Budget Report Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling have increased their lead over David Cameron and George Osborne as the team most trusted on the economy to 19% (up from 11% on October 17th) according to an Opinion Poll conducted for BBC2's Daily Politics programme, to be broadcast today at 12:00pm.

When asked in the poll who people trust most to steer Britain's economy through the current downturn, 47% of those polled said Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling (up from 42% on 17th October); 28% said David Cameron and George Osborne (down from 31%); with 4% of those polled saying Nick Clegg and Vince Cable (down from 7%).

In the same survey, 65% of those polled said they had cut their spending because they were worried about the future. The majority of those polled (54%) said they would not spend more if the Government cut their taxes compared with 43% saying they would spend more.

79% of those polled also believe that any tax cuts now will just mean higher taxes in the future. This compares with 19% who disagree. When asked whether they believed Britain was better placed than other leading economies to weather the economic downturn the majority, 51%, agreed compared with 42% who disagreed.

Results embargoed until 12:00pm, 24th November 2008

The poll was conducted for BBC2's Daily Politics programme by ComRes. They spoke to 1,001 voters between 21st and 23rd November.

Full Results:

1) Putting your party allegiance aside, who do you trust most to steer Britain's economy through the current downturn?

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling 47% (42%)

David Cameron and George Osborne 28% (31%)

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable 4% (7%)

Don't know 21% (19%)

2) Do you Agree or Disagree with the following statements:

a) I have cut my spending because I'm worried about the future.

Agree 65%

Disagree 34%

b) I am likely to spend more if the Government cuts my taxes.

Agree 43%

Disagree 54%

c) Any tax cuts the Government gives away will just mean higher taxes in the future.

Agree 79%

Disagree 19%

d) Britain is well placed to weather the economic downturn compared with other leading economies.

Agree 51%

Disagree 42%

The poll was undertaken by ComRes on behalf of BBC2's Daily Politics programme.



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