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Voters want fuel duty rise scrapped

More than eight out of 10 voters want Chancellor George Osborne to scrap the planned hike in fuel duty in Wednesday's Budget, according to a new poll.

And almost half said they would seriously consider switching their vote to a party which committed itself to reducing fuel prices for motorists.

Mr Osborne has dropped heavy hints over recent days that he will at least postpone the 1p-a-litre rise pencilled in for April 1 by his Labour predecessor Alistair Darling in his last Budget.

Scrapping the hike would cost the Treasury an estimated £500 million a year, but offer some relief to drivers facing record prices of £1.30 a litre or more at the pumps.

Monday's poll, carried out by ComRes for the FairFuel UK campaign group, found that 81% of those questioned thought that dumping the 1p hike would be the best way for the coalition Government to show it is "on the side of ordinary families", against 11% who disagreed.

Some 49% said they would seriously consider switching their vote to a party committed to cutting to cost of fuel, compared to 27% who would not.

And 34% said they would be prepared to take part in a demonstration to show their disapproval of the duty rise, while 42% would not.

Just 12% agreed that a rise in fuel duty would be a positive contribution to the fight against climate change and 8% said that taxes on petrol should be allowed to increase at an accelerated rate.

Quentin Willson, leader of the FairFuel UK campaign, said: "This proves what we've been saying for months. People are deeply worried about fuel duty and it is the strongest domestic political issue of the moment.

"If the Government doesn't manage this emotive time-bomb in the budget, national anger could spiral out of control."


From Belfast Telegraph