WSJ: "Poll shows majority of UK backs cuts to public services"
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The majority of the British public believe the U.K. government needs to cut spending on public services in order to successfully tackle the country’s GBP155 billion budget deficit, an opinion poll from financial services firm KPMG and Ipsos MORI showed Thursday.
The poll of 817 people was conducted Wednesday following Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s spending review, which set out the government plans to cut GBP81 billion of spending by 2015.
The poll, the first survey since the spending review, found that 59% of those polled believe the spending cuts on public services are necessary. It also showed 48% of respondents are confident that the government’s policies will improve the state of the economy in the long term–the highest level in over five years.