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66% want law change in selling e-cigs to under 18s

Two-thirds of Britons would support a change to the law which would make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to those aged under 18, according to an ITV News poll carried out by ComRes.

A man uses an electronic cigarette.
A man uses an electronic cigarette. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

It is currently legal to sell e-cigarettes - which contain nicotine - to under 18s although there is a voluntary code in place by the retail industry for them not to do so.

ComRes asked 2,055 people whether they would "support or oppose a change in the law to make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes, which contain nicotine, to under 18-year-olds." The results were:

  • 66% support a change in the law to make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to under 18s.
  • 16% said they opposed the change, which would leave the voluntary code in place.
  • 17% said they did not know.

Levels of support for a change in the law was similar between parents with children under the age of 18 (68%) and those without children of that age (66%), the poll found.

Poll: Majority of public sector workers support strikers

Protestors during a march outside the Conservative Conference 2013 at Manchester Central. Credit: PA Wire

An ITV News/ComRes poll has found that the majority (59%) of public sector workers believe they are right to take industrial action, with less than a quarter (23%) disagreeing with them.

However, there is less support among private sector workers: 42% think that their public sector counterparts are wrong to go on strike compared to 37% who think that they are right to.

ComRes interviewed 2,053 adults online between 4th and 6th July 2014.

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Poll: Britons split on public sector strike action

Members of the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT, march through Bristol in strikes last year. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

The British public is divided about this week's public sector strike action, a poll conducted for ITV News by ComRes has found.

In the poll of 2,053 adults, results were split with as many people saying workers are right to go on strike (40%) as they are wrong to do so (41%).

Much of the opposition to the strikes comes from older Britons aged 65 and older, with 65% of those polled in that age range saying workers were wrong to take industrial action.

England fans have low expectations ahead of Brazil

Sad England fan Neil Renton after seeing England lose 2-1 to Brazil in a 2002 World Cup Quarter-Final match in Japan Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

The British public have low expectations about England's performance at the Brazil World Cup, a poll commissioned by ITV News has found.

According to the ITV News Index poll, carried out by ComRes, most people think England will be knocked out in the 2nd Round (28%) or Quarter Final (25%), in line with the team’s performance at the last four World Cup tournaments.

Around one-in-six (16%) people think that the most likely outcome is England being knocked out in the first group stage, a fate that has not befallen the team since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Six percent of people think England will probably lose in the Semi Final, which last happened at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

ComRes interviewed 2,039 British adults online between 6th and 8th June 2014.

More: 'Optimistic' 3% think England will win Brazil World Cup

Poll: 52% of Brits will be 'happy when World Cup ends'

Over half of the British public say they expect to be glad when the World Cup comes to and end, an ITV News Index poll has found.

In the survey, carried out by ComRes for ITV News, 52% of those asked said they would be happy when the tournament in Brazil is over. Nearly two thirds - or 63%- of women say this, compared with 40% of men.

Roughly two-in-five also said that will try and avoid all coverage of the World Cup.

ComRes interviewed 2,039 British adults online between 6th and 8th June 2014.

More: 'Optimistic' 3% think England will win Brazil World Cup

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'Optimistic' 3% think England will win Brazil World Cup

Optimistic England fans cheer from the stands. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

An optimistic few think England stand a chance of lifting the Fifa World Cup Trophy in Rio de Janeiro as champions this July.

In an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes, 3% of those surveyed think that England are most likely to leave Brazil victorious, becoming World Champions for the first time since 1966.

ComRes interviewed 2,039 British adults online between 6th and 8th June 2014.

Obama backs Britain's place in the European Union

US president Barack Obama has suggested it is "hard to imagine" that it would be in Britain's interests to leave the European Union.

Mr Obama said the US valued the presence of its close ally at the top table in the EU and he did not believe it would be good for the 28-member bloc for Britain to leave.

Read: ITV News poll: UK public split on EU membership

'Over half of Brits' want freedom to work in EU states

Over half of Brits feel they should be free to live and work in any EU country - but only 38% agree people from other EU countries should be able to live and work in the UK, an ITV News/ComRes poll suggests.

Of those questioned:

  • 58% believe they should be free to live and work anywhere in the EU
  • 23% disagreed with this statement
  • 19% said they didn't know

But when asked whether people from EU countries should be free to live and work in the UK:

  • 38% agreed this should be the case
  • 44% said they disagreed
  • 18% did not know

Poll suggests British public split on EU membership

The British public is split when it comes to whether or not Britain should remain a member of the European Union, according to the latest ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

Of the 2,062 British adults surveyed, 40% said they would vote to stay in the EU if there was a referendum tomorrow while 42% would vote to leave.

The ITV News/ComRes poll found the British public is split when it comes to whether Britain should stay in the EU.
The ITV News/ComRes poll found the British public is split when it comes to whether Britain should stay in the EU. Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Eighteen per cent said they did not know how they would vote.

Younger Brits - those aged 18-24 - were more likely to vote to stay (55%), while more voters over 65 years old stated they would choose to leave the union (49%).

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