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Wednesday 9th January 2013 | 22:00
A new ComRes poll for the Daily Express reveals a majority of the British public want UKIP leader Nigel Farage to be offered the chance to take part in the 2015 General Election leader debates. In the wake of the Prime Minister's declaration on Monday that he would 'play his part' in trying to make debates happen in 2015, today's poll finds 54% of people believe Nigel Farage "should be offered the opportunity to take part alongside the other main party leaders" and only one in five - 20% - disagree.
The poll also reveals the political danger for David Cameron if he were seen to be retreating from the debates: 67% say Mr Cameron "would look like a coward if he declined to take part in leader debates in 2015", and just 12% disagree.
The debates will help being the election campaign to life, according to the poll. More than half (52%) say they "make the General Election campaign more interesting", with 28% disagreeing, although 50% also believe that the debates "don't tell us anything about the party leaders and their policies that we don't already know".
Andrew Hawkins, ComRes chairman, said of the poll: "By agreeing to the debates in 2010 the main parties created an expectation among voters for future clashes which could backfire badly if they try to wriggle out of them. This genie is well and truly out of the bottle."