Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Cuts are unfair, say most voters

Almost two out of three voters believe spending cuts are unfair, a poll suggests

Almost two out of three voters now believe that the Government's spending cuts are unfair, according to a new opinion poll.

The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror found 63% thought the impact would be felt more by poorer households than the better off - up from 57% in December.

Almost as many, 57%, thought that the Government was cutting too far and too fast in its efforts to tackle the deficit - again up from 54% previously.

And 69% thought that they would be worse off personally as a result of the coalition's measures, compared with 66% in the last poll.

The findings come as Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has warned that Middle England has yet to grasp just how hard they will be hit.

Overall, the poll puts Labour on 42%, up two points since January and six points ahead of the Conservatives, who are unchanged on 36%.

The Liberal Democrats are up one on 11%.

:: ComRes interviewed 2,009 adults in Britain online on February 9 and 10.

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