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ITV News Index 14 November 2011

The latest ITV News Index published on 14 November 2011.

Date Published: 14 Nov 2011

Categories: Economy | Politics | Public and communities | UK



The latest Index poll results, conducted by ComRes and to be broadcast on ITV News at Ten tonight, reveal that an overwhelming majority of the public, 85%, believe that the UK economy is in danger as a result of the debt crisis in Europe. Additionally, two thirds of the public (66%) agree that that UK is on course for another recession, which is the highest figure recorded since the Index began thirteen months ago.


66% of the British public believe the UK is on course for another recession – a record high since the tracker began back in October 2010. 9% disagree and 25% say they don’t know. Thirteen months ago, a much smaller percentage (38%) agreed that the UK was on course for another recession.

Three in four (73%) are worried that another recession would have a severe impact on them and their family and in anticipation of this second recession, 59% are already cutting back on spending. Just 13% say they would not expect to be affected if the UK economy goes back into recession.


85% believe that the UK economy is in danger as a result of the debt crisis in Europe. A tiny 4% disagree and 11% are not sure. Concern has risen since this time last month.

Almost four in five (79%) agree that the current situation in Italy shows that the EU has failed to find a solution to the European economic crisis. Just 5% disagree with this and 15% don’t know. Following on from this result, three quarters of the British population (76%) think the debt crisis in Europe has been managed badly by European political leaders.

Three quarters of the public (74%) are facing up to the reality that in a similar vein to Greece, Ireland and Portugal, Italy will need to be bailed out too. 62% think that the financial crisis affecting Italy and Greece shows that the Euro was a bad idea in the first place. 17% disagree.

While 60% do agree that it’s in Britain’s interest to see that the Eurozone prospers, a larger majority of 77% believe that the crisis shows the UK was indeed right to stay out of the Eurozone.

On a personal level, three in four (73%) are worried that the debt crisis in Europe will negatively affect their lives for the next few years, while just 9% disagree.

Finally, just one in five (18%) believe that Britain should contribute more money to help solve the Eurozone financial crisis, if it would help avoid another recession. Three in five (60%) disagree with this sentiment.

ComRes interviewed 2046 GB adults online between 11th and 13th November 2011.  Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults.  ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. 

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