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61% 'think economic growth only benefited wealthy'

On the day official statistics showed the British economy grew at its strongest rate since 2007, a majority of voters questioned for an ITV News poll believe the wealthy have benefited the most from the improving financial fortunes.

Some 74% of voters believe the gap between rich and poor is widening. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

61% of voters thought the economic growth had only benefited wealthy people while 18% disagreed and 21% said they did not know, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

Read: How sustainable is Britain's economic growth?

And 74% of those quizzed believe that in the current economic situation the gap between rich and poor is getting bigger, while 10% disagreed and 15% said they did not know.

Read: Ed Balls claims 'this is not a recovery that is built to last'

Britons 'believe their financial situation is improving'

A majority of the British public believe that their personal financial situation is heading in the right direction, an ITV News poll has found.

Many believe that their financial situation is getting better. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Some 46% said they thought their financial situation was heading in the right direction, while 38% disagreed and 17% did not know, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

However, more than two-thirds of the British public (69%) said they do not have more money to spend on non-essential items now than they did last year.

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Poll: Majority of Britons trust the police

Half of Britons still have faith in the police, according to an ITV News poll, despite a series of recent scandals.

A majority of Britons trust the police, according to an ITV News poll. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

Some 50% of people said that they do trust the police while 26% said they do not,according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

However, 57% said they agreed that the guidelines of police engagement should not allow for the use of deadly force by officers unless they have personally seen the suspect holding a weapon, while 24% disagreed.

Poll: Britons expect to wait longer in A&E at weekends

The vast majority of people believe that it would take longer to be seen by a doctor in A&E at the weekend than if they went during the week, an ITV News poll has found.

Some 76% thought they would have to wait longer in A&E at the weekend. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Some 76% said they would expect to wait longer to see a doctor in A&E at the weekend, while 14% disagreed and 10% said they did not know, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

Nearly four in five Britons (78%) said that senior doctors in intensive care units should also be required to work weekends if senior doctors in A&E departments are required to.

Poll: 17% of Britons say their finances are improving

Almost one in five Britons say their personal financial situation has improved in the last three months - the joint highest figure since 2010, according to an ITV News poll.

In the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes, 17% of respondents said that their personal finances had recently got better.

However, 50% said they did not expect their personal financial situation to improve this year.

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Confidence in UK economy highest since 2010 - poll

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

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

Chancellor George Osborne may be pleased with the results of the ITV News poll. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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

This is a 12 percentage point increase on the proportion who said the same this time last year, when asked about the outlook for 2013.

Poll: January sales 'not worthwhile for shoppers'

Most Britons believe shopping in the January sales is not worthwhile because discounts are available all year, an ITV News poll has found.

Most British shoppers feel that the January sales are 'redundant'. Credit: PA Wire

According to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes, seven in ten (71%) agreed that the concept of the January sales seems redundant, while more than half (52%) said the hassle of the sales was not worth the savings made.

Despite this, 61% of respondents agreed that it is possible to find genuine bargains in January.

51% 'say immigration adversely impacts unemployment'

More than half of Brits feel immigrants from Eastern Europe have adversely impacted levels of unemployment in the UK.

A ComRes survey carried out for ITV News found:

  • 51% felt they had negatively impacted unemployment levels
  • Just 11% said Eastern European immigrants had a positive impact
  • 25% thought they had a neutral or no impact
  • 13% did not know

The welfare state is the area those questioned believe is most likely to have been negatively impacted (57%).

The UK economy (22%) and the skill level of the labour force (22%) are deemed to be the areas most positively affected by Eastern European immigration.

46% think East European migrants 'get more in welfare'

Almost half of the British public believe Eastern European immigrants receive more in welfare and public services than they contribute in taxes, according to the latest ITV News Index.

Of the 2,058 adults surveyed by ComRes:

  • 46% thought they receive more in welfare than they contribute in taxes
  • 14% believed Eastern European immigrants contribute more than they receive
  • 16% said they felt the amounts were about the same
  • 23% did not know

Earlier today, Home Secretary Theresa May called for reforms to the right of EU free movement.

Read: Coalition split over EU free movement reforms

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