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3 in 4 Brits think Government 'not in control' of floods

Nearly three quarters of Brits (72%) now think the Government does not appear in control of the flooding situation.

Only a fifth (20%) agree that the Government is doing enough to help those affected by the flooding and storms a ComRes poll for ITV News found.

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Seventy-two per cent of those questioned thought the Government does not appear in control of the situation. Credit: ITV News

The number of those who disagree that Government and environmental agencies have responded well the recent flooding has increased dramatically from 39% when the floods first hit in the new year, to 62% today.

There has also been a more than 10% rise in the number of people who do not think that Britain is equipped to deal with the weather it is likely to face over the next five years.

62% think Government reputation worse after floods

Prime Minister David Cameron chats with employees of the Environment Agency in Upton-upon-Severn.
Prime Minister David Cameron chats with employees of the Environment Agency in Upton-upon-Severn. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Two thirds of Britons believe the Government's reputation for crisis management has been hurt after the recent severe weather.

A ComRes poll for ITV News found that just a quarter (26%) believe that the flooding has made no difference and only 7% think that the Government is emerging from the situation with a better reputation.

Read more: PM will 'learn lessons' by visiting every flood-hit area

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Interest rates remain at 0.5%

The Bank of England have kept interest rates on hold at 0.5%, marking five continuous years at the historic low.

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The decision was made in the Bank of England's monthly meeting, the 60th such meeting in succession to set them at this level. Credit: PA

Rates were slashed to 0.5% in March 2009 amid the depths of the economic downturn and have stayed there ever since, as monetary policy remains on "emergency setting".

39% of homeowners fear 'drastic' cut backs if rate rises

39% of mortgage holders say a rise in interest rates would require them to cut back drastically on other areas of spending to keep up with their mortgage repayments, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

40% disagreed with the statement and 21% said they didn't know.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has pledged to leave interest rates unchanged until the level of unemployment falls to 7%.

67% say Govt 'not in control of flooding situation'

Two thirds of the British public (67%) say that the Government does not appear to be in control of the flooding situation in Somerset, according to an ITV index carried out by Comres.

Some 14% said they disagreed with the statement and 19% said they don't know.

Waves crash over the harbour wall in Newhaven, Sussex. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In the same poll 71% of those asked say that sending the army to assist the flood relief effort was a good use of resources. 14% disagreed and 15% did not know.

ComRes interviewed 2,043 British adults as part of the poll.

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Rate rise would put 26% of homeowners 'in trouble'

A little over one quarter of homeowners say they would face serious financial difficulty if interest rates rose, according to an ITV News index carried out by Comres.

50% disagreed with the statement, while 24% said they didn't know.

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Interest rates would financially cripple one in four homeowners, the poll found. Credit: PA

One third (35%) of those polled said that if there was an increase in interest rates, it would have little effect on their finances. 49% disagreed with the statement, while 16% didn't know..

ComRes interviewed 2,043 British adults as part of the poll.

40% 'believe economy improved in last three months'

40% of voters believe the state of the economy has got better in the past three months while 25% thought it had got worse and 34% said there had been no change, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

That figure is the highest ever in the ITV News Index since the question was first asked in October 2010.

Economics Editor Richard Edgar: How sustainable is Britain's economic growth?

Govt 'understands banks' concerns more than families'

The Government understands the concerns of banks and big businesses more than families, according to the latest ITV News poll.

Voters believe the coalition understands the concerns of banks more than families. Credit: Andrew James/Media Wales/PA Wire

69% of voters said the Coalition understands the concerns of banks and big businesses, more than small business and entrepreneurs (32%) or families (23%), according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.

Read: Osborne says economic figures a boost for hardworking people

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'

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