Public oppose further benefit cuts

More people want to see higher benefits spending than the number wanting further cuts, according to a new opinion poll reported in New Statesman.

A ComRes/ITV News poll asked people whether they want the government to increase or decrease spending, in a range of different areas, between now and 2015. 43 per cent of people want benefits spending ('welfare') to be increased and 29 per cent want it frozen – meaning that 72 per cent are opposed to further cuts, with just 28 per cent in favour. Welfare is the fourth most popular area for government spending, though well behind the NHS, education and the police.

ComRes interviewed 2,050 British adults online during 1–3 February 2013.

SourceNew Statesman, 18 February 2013
LinksNew Statesman report | ComRes website

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