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Online 1000 Thursday, 15 February, 2001, 10:01 GMT
Voters' Budget wish-list
UK voters would overwhelmingly prefer to see more money spent on public services than on tax cuts in Gordon Brown's Budget on 7 March.

A survey carried out for BBC News Online suggests heavy backing for public spending, and that many more people want pensioners to be targeted than to see petrol prices lowered.

A detailed breakdown of the survey results can be seen below.

ICM interviewed a random sample of 1004 adults via the internet between 6 and 9 February 2001. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults.
Q.1 In the forthcoming budget, if the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, has money to give away, which of the following do you think he should do?
Question 1
Q.2 If the chancellor does give away extra money in the Budget, which one of these groups do you think should get priority?
Question 2
Q.3 If the government were to decide to make tax cuts,would you prefer a general reduction in rates, or more targeted tax cuts for some groups like families with children?
Question 3
Q.4 After the fuel protests, the government said it was planning to cut the cost of fuel duty on ultra low sulphur petrol. Do you think the government should...?
Question 4
Q.5 Do you think the government should subsidise mothers to stay at home to look after their children?
Question 5
Q.6 Do you think the government should restore the married couples allowance, which was abolished in the last budget?
Question 6
Q.7 Should the government restore tax relief on mortgage interest payments by owner occupiers, which was abolished in the last budget?
Question 13

Prepared for BBC News Online by ICM Research Ltd

The BBC News Online 1000 will continue to give their opinions on political issues over the coming months as momentum builds towards a General Election.

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