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Brown and Darling 'less trusted' poll finds

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling
No longer topping the trust poll

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are less trusted to steer Britain's economy through the current downturn than David Cameron and George Osborne, an opinion poll for the BBC suggests.

It was conducted by ComRes following Alistair Darling's Pre-Budget Report on Wednesday for BBC2's Daily Politics programme, broadcast on Friday lunchtime.

A third (33%) of those polled said they trusted David Cameron and George Osborne most to steer Britain's economy through the current downturn.

That compared with 26% saying they trusted Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, a lead of 7% for the Conservatives.

In a similar poll conducted in April this year Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling had a lead of 3%.

FULL POLL RESULTS

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The Liberal Democrats recorded their highest rating yet to this poll question - with 16% saying they trusted Nick Clegg and Vince Cable most. This compared with the April figure of 10%.

In the same poll, 39% agreed with the statement that if the economy started to grow again before the next election it will be due mainly to the rescue package put in place by the government.

This compares with 50% who disagreed with this statement.

Full results of the poll conducted by ComRes which spoke to 1,001 voters on Wednesday and Thursday:

1) Putting your party allegiance aside, who do you most trust to steer Britain's economy through the current downturn?
Brown & Darling 26% (34% in April 2009)
Cameron & Osborne 33% (31% in April 2009)
Clegg & Cable 16% (10% in April 2009)
Don't know 22%

2) Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: If the economy starts to grow again before the next election it will be due mainly to the rescue package put in place by the government.
Agree: 39% (42% in July 09)
Disagree: 50% (51% in July 09)

Anita Anand presents the poll findings

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