On the day that Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg, announces his party's commitment to reducing taxes, an exclusive poll for Daily Politics has found that a majority of those expressing a view think they would actually increase taxes.
46 percent of those polled agreed that the Liberal Democrats would raise taxes, 35 percent disagreed, 18 percent did not know and 1 percent refused to answer.
The poll indicates nearly two thirds of the public would trust Labour or the Conservatives more than the Liberal Democrats to steer the economy through a recession, with only 22 percent believing the Liberal Democrats would be best placed to do so.
The results also suggest the public are evenly divided as to whether overall taxes should be reduced even if it means cutting back on public spending.
Asked whether top rate taxpayers should pay more tax than they do now 52 percent agreed while 44 percent disagreed.
- 1005 members of the public took part in the poll. Fieldwork was conducted between 12th and 14th September, 2008.
1) A Liberal Democrat government would raise taxes
2) Overall taxes should be reduced even if that means cutting back on public spending
3) Top rate taxpayers should pay more tax than they do now
4) I trust the Liberal Democrats to steer the economy through a recession more than either Labour or the Conservatives
The poll was undertaken by ComRes on behalf of BBC2's Daily Politics programme.