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Poll: 51% oppose teachers' walkout

Half of the British public oppose teachers going on strike today, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

A young boy in Liverpool's Mann Island holds aloft a flag in support for the strike. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

When asked whether teachers were right or wrong to go on strike, 51% said they opposed the walkout, 35% supported the strike and 14% did not know.

The poll also showed that those working in the public sector are more likely to support the strike (45%) than oppose it (41%).

Some 2,039 people were asked by ComRes about the strike.

Poll: 46% of Brits expect Budget to be bad for them

Nearly half of Britons (46%) expect George Osborneā€™s Budget this week to be bad for them personally, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes. Just 9% expect it to be good for them, 27% said neither good nor bad, and 18% said they did not know.

Chancellor George Osborne announces the budget on Wednesday. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Just 16% think the Budget will be good for the British public as a whole, compared to 47% who think it will be bad for the British public as a whole. Some 20% said neither, and 17% said they did not know. ComRes interviewed 2,053 people between March 14-16.

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British public 'would rather buy a home than rent one'

The British public would overwhelmingly rather buy a home than rent one, according to the ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

The poll suggests 81% would rather buy their own home, compared to just 10% who disagreed.

The ITV News Index suggests 81% of Brits would rather buy their own home than rent one. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Meanwhile 71% said they felt it is important to own the home they live while 19% disagreed with that statement.

Almost half of Brits 'agree Help to Buy is a success'

Almost half of Britons believe the Government's Help to Buy scheme has been successful in helping people buy homes who previously could not afford it, the ITV News Index poll suggests.

According to the results:

  • 47% agree the scheme has been successful
  • 15% disagree
  • 39% said they did not know

However, 41% believe the scheme is contributing to the increase in house prices.

32% of Brits 'worry they'll never be able to buy a home'

One in three (32%) Brits worry they will never be able to afford to buy a home, according to an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes.

The ITV News Index poll, carried out by ComRes. found 32% of Brits worry they will never afford a home. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Of the 2,058 British adults surveyed, 71% said it is "harder than ever" to buy a home today.

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.

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.

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62% think Government reputation worse after floods

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.

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.

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%.

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