Public confidence in the UK economy is at its highest level since 2010, an ITV News poll has found.
An ITV News Index poll suggests more than a third of people believe that they have experienced unacceptable standards of care on the NHS
On the eve of George Osborne's crucial Budget, an ITV News Index survey suggested that 44% of voters think he should be sacked.
More than a third of Brits believe the state of the economy has got better over the last three months, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.
Of those surveyed, 35% said the UK economy is better than it was three months ago - the highest on record for the ITV News/ComRes poll.
That compares to 30% who felt it had got worse over that period, marking the lowest level on record for the survey.
The poll's release follows Chancellor George Osborne's conference speech in which he vowed to keep cutting public spending to create a budget surplus in the next Parliament.
Britons are more optimistic about the future than at any time since October 2010, according to the results of successive ITV News/ComRes polls.
The proportion of people who agree that ‘things in this country are generally heading in the right direction’ has reached 39 percent, and is set to overtake those who disagree (41 percent).
Only just over a third (36 percent) of respondents agree that the UK is on course for another wave of recession - the lowest proportion on record.
The optimism is not shared for healthcare, however, with 43 percent saying that their local NHS services have got worse within the past three months.
More than 2,000 respondents in an ITV News/ComRes poll were asked to rate seven factors of Ed Miliband's leadership as a positive or a negative.
The top three positive factors were:
- Speaking out against News International over phone hacking - 44 percent
- Opposition to military intervention in Syria - 44 percent
- Attempts to reform the Labour Party’s relationship with trade unions - 34 percent
The top three negative factors were:
- The way he comes across on radio and TV - 42 percent
- The way he has lead the Labour party overall since 2010 - 37 percent
- Standing against his brother David for the party leadership - 30 percent
More than six out of 10 Britons say Ed Miliband does not come across as an election winner and almost half (49%) believe the Labour party would be better off without him as its leader, a new poll reveals.
Respondents said that Mr Miliband's manner on TV and radio is the main factor influencing their negative view of him.
His interventions on military action in Syria and News International are seen as having had the greatest positive impact on his image.
The poll of more than 2,000 people over the age of 18 was carried out by ComRes on behalf of ITV News.
A majority of Britons have backed trade unions but want them to stay out of politics, according to the ITV News Index.
In a poll of 2,025 adults conducted by ComRes for ITV News, twice as many people think trade unions are good for the UK (49%), than those who disagree (22%), with 30% saying they did not know.
When asked whether trade unions should spend more time helping people in the workplace and less time getting involved in politics, 68% agreed with that statement, 12% disagreed and 20% said they did not know.
The majority of the British public (45 per cent) do not believe the UK Parliament vote on military intervention in Syria will damage the 'special relationship' between the UK and the US.
In a poll of 2,020 adults conducted by ComRes for ITV News, 26 per cent thought the 'special relationship' would be weakened and 29 per cent did not know.
With the ghost of the Iraq war still lingering, the public see Britain as taking a more responsible attitude to foreign conflicts than in the past, with two thirds (65 per cent) agreeing.
In a poll of 2,020 adults conducted by ComRes for ITV News, 15 per cent disagreed with the statement and 20 per cent did not know.
The poll also found 21 per cent of the public think Britain has 'abandoned the Syrian people in distress', 56 per cent disagreed and 23 per cent did not know.
The British public has a positive view of Parliament’s decision to vote against military intervention in Syria, with 60 per cent saying they have "done the right thing".
In a poll of 2,020 adults conducted by ComRes for ITV News, 15 per cent disagreed with the statement and 26 per cent did not know.
The majority of the British public do not think the defeat in the Commons on military intervention in Syria has weakened David Cameron, according to the ITV News Index
In a poll of 2,020 adults conducted by ComRes for ITV News, only a third (33 per cent) agreed with the statement the Prime Minister was damaged by the Commons defeat.
42 per cent disagreed and 25 per cent did not know.
In a poll of 2,020 adults conducted by ComRes, 55 per cent agreed with the statement that Cameron was 'wrong' to propose military action in Syria, 22 per cent disagreed and 23 per cent did not know.
In the same poll, 59 per cent agreed with the statement that Cameron had behaved 'recklessly by publicly proposing military action in Syria without knowing that he had the support of Parliament'. 21 per cent disagreed and 20 per cent did not know.