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ComRes/ITV News Index: public warn of 'anger' if fuel duty rise goes ahead

ITV News press release

Today the latest Index poll conducted by ComRes and to be broadcast on ITV News at Ten reveals the extent of public emotion over the 3p per litre fuel duty increase planned for January. An overwhelming majority of 82% oppose the rise, more than four in five British adults, while just 9% are in support of it and 9% do not know.

Nearly three quarters, 73%, say they would be "angry" if the Government proceeds with the increase, while 15% disagree and 11% are not sure. The poll also found:

* Seventy nine percent of the British population believe that increasing fuel prices now would suggest the Government is out of touch with the lives of ordinary people, 12% disagree and 9% are unsure.

* Two thirds of the public (65%) think that the rise in fuel duty will make a material difference to their household's disposable income. One in four disagrees (24%) and 12% don't know.

* Furthermore, 87% agree that the cost of motoring is getting unreasonably expensive (6% disagree, 7% don't know).

* Seventy nine percent disagree with the government's planned increase, 11% are not sure and just 10% agree that it should go ahead.

* Similarly, 72% disagree that the increase is a necessary measure to help tackle the Government's financial debt. 14% agree and 14% are unsure.

The poll also reveals deepened public disquiet over the public spending cuts, with only a quarter (27%) of the British public who think the way the Government is going about cutting public spending is fair - the lowest recorded since we asked this question in October 2010 (when 38% thought the government cuts was being implemented fairly).

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