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Only 22% of voters think people "like me" should pay more tax

That's the conclusion of a new ICM poll just published by The Guardian. Key findings:

  • "Only 22% agree with the statement that "people like me" should pay more in tax while 73% disagree."
  • "55% saying the government's actions will improve Britain's economic performance over the next few years. Only 30% think they will not."
  • "54% think David Cameron is doing a good job. Only 22% say he is not."

And the table below summarises the overall position of the parties:

ICM Tim Montgomerie

7.15pm An Angus Reid poll - out tonight - tests support for different tax rises and different spending cuts. I summarise the findings below:


  • Capital Gains Tax (CGT) (61%)
  • Sin Taxes (52%)
  • Inheritance Tax (38%)
  • VAT (20%)
  • Personal Income Tax (17%).


  • Culture Media & Sport (48%)
  • Department for International Development (48%)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (42%)
  • Devolved spending in Scotland (50%), Wales (49%) and Northern Ireland (47%).
  • Department for Work and Pensions (11%). This is an odd finding given that most polls tend to find voters in favour of less spending on welfare. Perhaps voters are only "hearing" pensions from Angus Reid.
  • Department for Children, Schools and Families (9%)
  • Department of Health (7%).


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