Public split on who to trust on economy

The latest poll for The Sunday Times shows the public are very pessimistic on both parties' chances of maintaing the recovery and preventing another recession.

Though the headlines were stolen by the collapse in the Tory lead, yesterday’s YouGov poll for The Sunday Times shows voters have exactly the same levels of trust – and distrust – in both Labour and the Conservatives when it comes to leading Britain to recovery, with half of all voters pessimistic on the short term future of the recovery.

Thirty one per cent of those polled trust Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling “to propose policies that would reduce borrowing without harming Britain’s chances of recovering from recession”, against 30 per cent for David Cameron and George Osborne.

The figures for those who said they distrusted each party’s top two are equally split, 64 per cent not trusting Brown and Darling much or at all and 63 per cent distrusting Cameron and Osborne.

When asked whether they believed Britain would slide back into recession, the response of the public makes grim reading for those in charge. More than half of those polled believe this a likely possibility, with only 38 per cent thinking it unlikely – with only 6 per cent of voters saying it is very unlikely and the economy will grow steadily this year.

The findings were, however, slightly better for the Liberal Democrats, with 32 per cent of voters trusting Vince Cable and Nick Clegg against 49 per cent distrusting the pair not to harm the recovery.

Another point of note for the Lib Dems was that, when asked what they should do in the event of a hung parliament, 30 per cent of respondents said “form a coalition with Labour”, 26 per cent favoured a coalition with the Tories, 26 per cent said neither and 18 per cent didn’t know.

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