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Ending apartheid was 'Mandela's greatest achievement'

Ending apartheid in South Africa was Nelson Mandela's greatest achievement according to a new poll.

A ComRes survey carried out for ITV News found that nearly a third of those questioned believed ending the regime topped his other achievements:

  • Ending Apartheid - 31%
  • Inspiring ordinary people that they can change the world - 19%
  • Unifying South Africa - 15%
  • Setting an example for how other world leaders should behave - 14%
  • Being a figurehead for Africa across the globe - 8%
  • Demonstrating the possibilities of peaceful protest - 6%
  • Don’t know - 7%

The ComRes survey for ITV News questioned 2,029 UK adults.

Only 26% think Coalition understand small businesses

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to cap increases to business rates in his Autumn Statement today and only a quarter of the public think the coalition understands the concerns of small business owners and entrepreneurs, according to the ITV News Index carried out by polling firm ComRes.

Only 26% of those questioned said the Government understood small business owners, while 66% thought the Coalition understood banks and big businesses.

Read: What will be in the Autumn Statement?

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Voters 'support Osborne prioritising tax cuts'

The British public generally supports the Chancellor prioritising tax cuts, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

  • Two in five (43%) agree with the Chancellor prioritising tax cuts, while 31% disagree.
  • However, voters are wary of 'unfunded' tax cuts with 43% saying that George Osborne should not announce cuts if it means the Government's finances would be in a worse state.

Read: What will be in the Autumn Statement?

'Rich will benefit more than poor' from Tory government

The rich will benefit more than the poor from the growing economy if the Conservatives win the next General Election in 2015, according to the ITV News Index.

David Cameron and George Osborne. Credit: PA

Three in five voters (58%) said they expected the rich to benefit more, while just one in five (20%) disagree.

Read: State pension age to rise for the young

Poll: Public split on whether UK economy is improving

The British public is split about whether the economy is getting better, according to a poll carried out for ITV News:

  • Over the past three months 34% believe the UK economy has got better while 34% said it had got worse. 32% say there has been no change.
  • However, two in five (44%) said their personal financial situation has got worse in the past three months, compared to just 15% who said it got better.

Read: State pension age to rise for the young

Poll: Osborne enjoying high economic trust from public

Chancellor George Osborne has risen to his highest rating on economic trust for two and a half years as he prepares to deliver the Autumn Statement, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement later today. Credit: Nigel Roddis/PA Wire

Read: State pension age to rise for the young

More people (28%) said they trust him to see the country through its economic situation than at any time since June 2011, with the question being asked every month since the coalition came into power in 2010.

Osborne is more trusted than Labour leader Ed Miliband (25%), shadow chancellor Ed Balls (18%) and deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (14%) but falls short of David Cameron (33%), according to the poll.

The poll, however, found that 39% of people did not agree with the statement that Osborne has turned out to be a competent Chancellor compared with 29% who thought he had.

Read: What will be in the Autumn Statement?

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Poll shows public split over impact of interest rates rise

The British public is split over whether a rise in interest rates would have an impact on their personal financial situation.

Of those questioned for the latest ITV News Index carried out by ComRes, 30% felt it would have a positive impact, compared to 31% who said it would be negative:

  • Very positive -7%
  • Fairly positive - 23%
  • No impact - 27%
  • Fairly negative - 20%
  • Very negative - 11%
  • Don't know - 12%

Two-thirds of Brits 'expect interest rates to rise by 2015'

Two-thirds of the British public expect interest rates to rise by 2015, according to the latest ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

Of the 2,053 adults surveyed:

  • 4% thought interest rates would rise by the end of the year
  • 37% said it will happen in 2014
  • 25% opted for 2015
  • 7% believe it will take place in 2016
  • 5% felt it will be in 2017 or later
  • 23% said they did not know

Earlier today, Governor Mark Carney said the Bank of England will consider making changes to interest rates when the UK's unemployment rate reaches the 7% threshold - it was 7.1% in September.

Mr Carney said there was a "two in five chance" that the unemployment rate will make that threshold by the end of next year.

51% of Brits 'think Royal Mail was seriously undervalued'

Half of Britons think that the Royal Mail was “seriously undervalued” when it was floated on the stock market, the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes suggests.

A royal Mail sign over a postbox.
A newly-privatised Royal Mail today faces the prospect of a national strike. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The poll found 51% feel the 330p debut share price "seriously undervalued" the company, compared with just 12% who disagreed.

Nearly two in five (37%) said they do not know.

British public 'split' over Royal Mail strike plans

The British public are split over the proposed strike by Royal Mail workers, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

Of those questioned, 38% said it was reasonable for the Communication Workers Union to go on strike over the privatisation of Royal Mail, with the same proportion disagreeing.

The British public are split over the proposed strike by Royal Mail workers, the ITV News Index found. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

However, the British public are slightly less likely toactively condemn the strike - 35% agree that it is notreasonable for staff to go on strike compared to 41% who disagree.

ComRes interviewed 2,042 British adults online between 11-13 October.

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