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ComRes interviewed 2,018 British adults online between 18th and 20th October 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Date Published: 24 Oct 2013

Categories: Economy | Public and communities | Technology & Telecoms | UK


·         Britons are split about whether they will personally get better off if the UK economy grows. Two in five (38%) say they are confident they would get better off, while a third (33%) say that they are not confident.

·         However, seven in ten (71%) British people say that they have not personally benefitted from any growth in the economy over the past six months. One in eight (13%) say they have benefitted.

·         Although GDP growth figures are widely perceived as having no relation to daily lives of normal people (61%), they are more likely to be accepted (47%) than not (26%) as a good way of judging the performance of the Government.

·         Small and medium sized businesses (70%) and new technology (66%) are the most widely perceived causes of economic growth over the past six month.

·         Just over half (53%) of British people say that the Government’s economic policies have been important in contributing towards growth.


·         Continuing the trend seen over recent months, Britons are still much more likely to say that the UK economy has got better over the past three months (31%) than say their own personal financial situation has got better over the same period (14%).

·         Seven in ten (70%) Britons say they do not have more expendable income now than they did last year. One in five (20%) say they do.


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