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Poll: Greens mostly likely to be seen as 'amateurish'

The ITV News Index poll was carried out by ComRes. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The Green Party is most likely to be associated by the British public as "idealistic" and "amateurish", according to the latest ITV News Index poll.

The survey of 2,013 British adults suggests just 9% associated the Greens with the phrase "a serious party of Government".

would described the Green Party as "idealistic"
thought the phrase "amateurish" applies to the Green Party

The ITV News Index poll was carried out by ComRes between 27 February and 1 March.


Poll: Health and immigration seen as election priorities

Health is still seen as the top priority for political parties in the forthcoming general election, according to the results of a ComRes roll for ITV News.

Health overtook immigration as the top election priority in a poll earlier this month Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Half of all respondents said health is the most important issue, closely followed by controlling immigration (49%).

Labour (32%) is the party most trusted on the NHS, while Ukip (33%) is the party most trusted to control immigration.

Two in five people (21%) said they trust the Conservative Party most to control immigration - a five percentage point increase since the last poll.

Poll: Half of Britons think seven-party debates will be more interesting

Just under half (49%) of Britons think that election debates involving seven political parties will make for a more interesting debate, a poll has found.

Only around one in five (22%) respondents to the ComRes/ITV News poll said it would make the debates less interesting.

All seven party leaders will be invited to take part in debates on ITV and the BBC Credit: ITV News

However, only two in five (39%) said that the televised debates will be important in helping them decide who to vote for. This proportion rose to over half (51%) among respondents between the ages of 18 and 24.

Almost two-thirds (64%) said the debates should go ahead even if David Cameron does not take part.

Nearly half of Brits think NHS 'is getting worse'

Nearly half of all Britons believe the NHS is getting worse, a ComRes/ITV News Index poll suggests.

Hospitals in England have admitted more people this week than in any previous week on record. Credit: PA Wire

Some 45% say the quality of care in the health service is getting worse, with around 46% also claiming the ease of access of local services such as GPs and A&Es is deteriorating.

One in four of the 2,069 British adults interviewed said they have experienced unacceptably poor standards of care in the NHS.

Around 65% said they did not think the NHS gets the support it needs from the Government.

Poll: 12% of Britons trust Labour most on immigration

Ed Miliband during a visit to B&Q in Great Yarmouth following his immigration speech today. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Just 12% of the public would trust Labour over other political parties when it comes to controlling immigration, a new poll has found.

The finding in the ITV News Index is revealed on the day leader Ed Miliband made a key speech on the issue and was forced to disown a leaked party document telling members to avoid talking about the subject with voters.

Despite heavily criticising Labour's immigration record in office, the Conservatives fared only marginally better on the topic, with 16% of those asked saying they would be the most trusted on the issue.

Ukip were comfortably top of the polling - ahead of the Tories by 21 points on 37%, according to the survey.

Only 3% opted for the Liberal Democrats in the poll of 2,061 adults, while 30% said they did not know.


Public 'not feeling benefit of economic growth'

Only 18% of people feel the upturn has led to an improvement in their living standards. Credit: PA Wire

Seven in ten people in Britain say they are no better off despite the economy growing, a new ITV News/Comres poll has found.

Just 18% of the 2,053 asked felt that their living standards had improved as a result of the upturn, while a further 10% were unsure.

The survey indicated that the public remains much more negative about their personal finance situation than they do about the general economy.

Q: Do you think the state of the British economy has got better or worse over the past three months?

  • Better: 30%
  • Worse: 34%
  • No change: 36%

Q: Do you think your personal financial situation has got better or worse over the past three months?

  • Better: 17%
  • Worse: 37%
  • No change: 46%

Poll: More than half think deficit is out of control

Just one in five people think the government has got a grip on the budget deficit, a new Comres poll for ITV News has found.

Chancellor George Osborne and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Archive

With George Osborne's Autumn Statement due tomorrow, more than half of Britons (52%) believe the deficit is not under control - a nine-point drop since the same point last year. Twenty-eight percent said they did not know.

However, the survey of 2,053 adults last week indicated that the Conservatives appear to still be more trusted on the economy.

Twenty-nine percent think the economy will improve if the Conservatives win the election, compared to 41% who said the opposite, and another 30% who did not know.

Meanwhile, 18% said it will get better if Labour win - with almost half (49%) saying it would get worse and 33% saying they did not know.

Labour keeps lead but voters 'prefer' PM Cameron

Despite Labour retaining its lead over the Conservatives in the 40 most marginal seats ahead of the General Election, voters prefer David Cameron to Ed Miliband for Prime Minister, a new ComRes/ITV News Index poll suggests.

The poll also indicates that 10% of Labour voters in the last General Election would switch their allegiance to Ukip next year.

Voters in marginal seats 'prefer a Labour to a Tory government, but favour David Cameron over Ed Miliband as Prime Minister' Credit: PA
  • Voters in marginal seats remain more likely to prefer a Labour to a Conservative government (41% to 36%), but favour David Cameron over Ed Miliband as Prime Minister (44% to 31%)
  • Nearly half of voters in marginal seats (45%) think that Ukip are a serious party, although 39% think they are not
  • 10% of participants who voted for Labour in 2010 now say that they would switch to vote Ukip, along with one in five people (21%) who voted Conservative

Labour 'keeps lead over Tories' in marginal seats

Labour retains its lead over the Conservatives in the 40 most marginal seats ahead of the General Election next year, a new ComRes/ITV News Index poll suggests.

Labour retains its lead over the Conservatives in the 40 most marginal seats Credit: PA

The poll of 1,002 people put Labour down two points since September on 39% and the Conservatives up one at 31%.

The Liberal Democrats and Ukip were also up one at 7% and 18% respectively.

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