Confidence in UK economy 'highest since 2010'

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Public confidence in the economy is at its highest since 2010, an ITV News poll has found. Photo: Reuters

Public confidence in the UK economy is at its highest level since 2010, an ITV News poll has found.

According to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes, 36% of Britons believe the economy has improved in the last three months, the highest figure since the question was first asked in October 2010.

When it comes to expectations for the future, 43% of the British public expect the UK economy to improve this year.

Graph shows 43% of those questioned said they expect the UK economy will improve in 2014.
The ITV News Index found 43% of Brits expect the UK economy will improve in 2014. Credit: ITV News

This is a 12% increase on the proportion who said the same this time last year when they were asked about the outlook for 2013.

But only 30% of those questioned said they expect their personal financial situation will improve in 2014.

The ITV News Index poll: A graph
The ITV News Index found 50% did not expect their personal financial situation will improve in 2014. Credit: ITV News

Half of the respondents disagreed when asked if they expect their personal financial situation will improve in 2014, while 20% said they did not know.

Almost one in five felt their personal financial situation had improved in the last three months - the joint highest figure since 2010.

ITV News economics editor Richard Edgar reports: