James Forsyth

Poll: 68 percent think less of Brown because of expenses scandal

Poll: 68 percent think less of Brown because of expenses scandal
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Anthony Wells has news of a snap ICM poll for the News of the World on expenses. It does seem that Gordon Brown has been hurt by Friday’s headlines as much as we thought he would be; 68 percent say their opinion of him has been damaged. (I’m not sure if the poll contains this information but it would be fascinating to see the party ID breakdown on this).

The general standing of MPs has taken an even worse beating that Brown, 89 percent now think less of them. There is more than 90 percent support for publishing expenses in full and for having an independent body run the system. Only 29 percent think MPs should be able to claim for a second home.

One finding in the survey surprised me: one in five people think that MPs should be able to claim for food. I never would have imagined that support for this would be this high.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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