ITV News poll: Cameron has damaged his reputation over TV debates
David Cameron has damaged his reputation by trying to avoid TV debates with other leaders, according to a new ComRes poll for ITV News.
The poll found 64% of people agreed with this statement. However, nearly half (46%) said the debates would make no difference to the way they vote in this year's General Election.
The poll also found 71% agreed the debates should go ahead even if the Prime Minister does not take part.
And 63% said broadcasters should leave an empty chair out for Cameron if he does not attend.
Of all the five main party leaders, Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage are thought most likely to want the TV debates to happen.
A third (32%) thought Ukip leader Farage would perform best overall while three in 10 (31%) predicted Green Party leader Natalie Bennett would perform worse.
But the majority (59%) of the 2,026 adults questioned said they thought the Prime Minister was cowardly in trying to avoid the debates.
Broadcasters have said they will go ahead with a series of TV debates despite Cameron saying he will only take part in one.
ITV, Sky, BBC, and Channel Four will host two debates featuring seven party leaders, and a final head-to-head between David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband.