Public confidence in the UK economy is at its highest level since 2010, an ITV News poll has found.
An ITV News Index poll suggests more than a third of people believe that they have experienced unacceptable standards of care on the NHS
On the eve of George Osborne's crucial Budget, an ITV News Index survey suggested that 44% of voters think he should be sacked.
The level of switching bank providers is still low, the executive director of consumer group Which? has said. Richard Lloyd said:
Despite an increase in public awareness and confidence, switching levels are still low, suggesting that the new seven-day service is not the game-changer that can significantly increase competition in banking.
We're pleased the Government has responded to our calls to make banks release better data about current account running costs. If done properly this should help people more easily compare banks and find the best account for them, which will inject much needed competition into the market.
More than half of Britons say it is most important for banking to be easy to understand, a new ITV News/ComRes poll has found.
The survey of 2,034 British adults found that 57% said banking should be simple, even if this means less choice between different bank accounts.
More than two thirds thought there is generally a good choice of different banks available (70%) and it is generally easy to change bank accounts (67%).
Around three quarters of the British public say they trust their bank (74%), according to a new ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
Exactly the same proportion said that banks are generally a safe place to keep your money.
However, a large minority (34%) think it is most important to have a broad choice of different bank accounts, even if this makes banking more complicated.
ComRes polled 2,034 British adults online between April 4 and 6 this week.
More than 600,000 current account customers have switched providers in the six months since a new guarantee to take the "fear factor" out of changing banks was launched.
The Payments Council, which is overseeing the new service, said there were 609,300 switches in the six months to the end of March, which represents a 14% increase on the same period a year earlier.
High awareness of and growing confidence in the current account switch service has helped to boost the numbers, the Payments Council said.
Only 28% of the public think the NHS is well managed as an organisation, according to a new ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
Only 12% of people think that NHS services in their area have got better in the last three months, while 30% think they have worsened - though this is the lowest proportion saying this for two years.
ComRes surveyed 2008 people between March 28 and 30.
Half of British adults (50%) say that they could not currently afford to buy a property in their local area according to a ComRes poll for ITV News.
When asked if they could not currently afford to buy a property in their local area, 36% did not agree and 14% did not know.
The poll showed those in Wales felt they were the least likely to be able to buy a local property with 60% of respondents agreeing they could not afford to buy, higher than 59% in London.
Some 2,039 people were surveyed by ComRes.
Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.
The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).
Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.
Nearly half of Britons (46%) expect George Osborne’s Budget this week to be bad for them personally, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes. Just 9% expect it to be good for them, 27% said neither good nor bad, and 18% said they did not know.
Just 16% think the Budget will be good for the British public as a whole, compared to 47% who think it will be bad for the British public as a whole. Some 20% said neither, and 17% said they did not know. ComRes interviewed 2,053 people between March 14-16.
The British public would overwhelmingly rather buy a home than rent one, according to the ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.
The poll suggests 81% would rather buy their own home, compared to just 10% who disagreed.
Meanwhile 71% said they felt it is important to own the home they live while 19% disagreed with that statement.
Almost half of Britons believe the Government's Help to Buy scheme has been successful in helping people buy homes who previously could not afford it, the ITV News Index poll suggests.
According to the results:
- 47% agree the scheme has been successful
- 15% disagree
- 39% said they did not know
However, 41% believe the scheme is contributing to the increase in house prices.