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Most Britons Back Conservatives’ Deficit Cutting, Poll Suggests

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. coalition government’s approach to reducing the deficit was supported by 74 percent of respondents to a poll by ComRes, it said in a statement today.

Three out of four respondents agreed that the government should not increase public borrowing and should eliminate the deficit as soon as possible, the poll, conducted for the Independent newspaper, found, the statement said.

Taken after after the European Union summit last week, the poll also found that support for the governing Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party was equal, at 38 percent, while the Liberal Democrats, the Conservative’s coalition partner, had 12 percent, the statement said. Support for Labour had slipped 2 percentage points since a ComRes poll taken just before the summit, while support for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats had risen 2 points, the statement said.

While about 68 percent are optimistic about their own future, only 34 percent said they were optimistic about the U.K.’s prospects for next year, ComRes said. Sixty percent said they aren’t optimistic about the country’s fortunes in the next 12 months.

ComRes interviewed 1,002 U.K. adults by telephone between Dec. 9 and Dec. 11, the statement said.

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