Poll of British adults on attitudes to Jeremy Hunt and allegations concerning the BskyB deal.
Date Published: 29 Apr 2012
Categories: Media | Politics | Public and communities | Social | UK
COMRES/ ITV NEWS POLL: HALF OF POPULATION CALL FOR JEREMY HUNT’S RESIGNATION
The latest Index poll results, conducted by ComRes and to be broadcast on ITV News at Ten tonight, reveal that nearly half of the population (49%) believe Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, should resign over allegations that his special adviser was passing information to News Corporation during negotiations over its bid for BSkyB. Just 16% disagree and 35% are not sure.
Furthermore, three in five (60%) agree that there should be an independent enquiry into whether or not Hunt was involved in the passing of information to News Corp during its bid for BSkyB. 16% disagree with this and 24% do not know.
Nearly three quarters (73%) believe that politicians are just too close to the media these days with just 11% who disagree and 16% who do not know.
62% think that the allegations that Hunt’s special adviser was passing information to News Corporation during its bid for BSkyB show just how close Government officials are to the Murdoch press. 29% are not sure and 9% disagree.
However, 69% say that politicians have always been close to the media and this is nothing new. Just 13% disagree with this while 18% are not sure.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,044 GB adults online between 27th and 29th April 2012. 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