Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Osborne should go say 44% of voters

George Osborne should not be Chancellor, almost half of voters believe

Nearly half of Britain's voters believe Chancellor George Osborne should be ousted, according to a survey.

Research commissioned by the Sunday Mirror and the Independent on Sunday found 44% of adults wanted him to be replaced, while just 20% believed he should remain in the job.

Worringly for Mr Osborne, a breakdown revealed almost a quarter (22%) of Conservative voters think he is not up to the job.

Most voters do not trust Prime Minister David Cameron and Mr Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy, the research also found.

According to the ComRes poll, 24% put their faith in the Tory leadership to handle Britain's economic recovery while 55% of adults did not, an increase of 7% on August last year.

But voters do not believe Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls would fare any better, with 52% stating they would not trust them to control the purse strings.

Mr Miliband has, however, maintained his lead over Mr Cameron when it comes to personal ratings.

Although all three leaders have negative net ratings, the Labour leader has has risen to minus 17 points, with Mr Cameron on minus 27 and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on minus 42.

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