Britons more optimistic on economy, survey suggests

cash British Future said optimism was growing for "the economy and the country as a whole"

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The number of British people who are optimistic about the economy has trebled since 2012, a survey suggests.

The poll, commissioned by think tank British Future, found 29% of people were optimistic about the economy in the year ahead, compared with 9% in the same survey in 2012.

The proportion of those feeling pessimistic dropped from 74% to 40%.

Ipsos Mori polled "a representative sample" of 2,244 16-75-year-olds in Britain between 6-11 December 2013.

British Future director Sunder Katwala said the survey showed "a Britain where people will keep calm and carry on".

"Optimism is growing, for both the economy and the country as a whole," he added.

The survey also suggested that more people thought Britain should stay in the EU but try to reduce its powers - 38% - than leave the EU - 28%.

And it found that 68% of people agreed Romanians and Bulgarians should be welcomed into the UK if they "learn the language, work and pay taxes, fit in and be part of the community".

Among Scottish respondents, 58% predicted Scotland would vote to stay in the UK while that figure was 48% for British respondents, as a whole.

Meanwhile, ahead of World War One centenary commemorations this summer, 59% agreed there should "just be a remembrance for those who lost their lives and a reflection on an important part of Britain's history".

Some 22% felt there should be "a proud commemoration of Britain's victory in the war as it was a just war that Britain was right to fight" while 6% thought "there should be no commemoration - it was an unnecessary war which destroyed a generation".


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    Comment number 66.

    After years of talking down our economy for the sake of cheap headlines, this optimism is overdue, and flies in the face of those pundits who claim that this is merely some bubble that will burst overnight to suit their political agendas. Let's hope that greed and excess don't spoil it too quickly this time.

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    Comment number 65.

    according to the posts on this forum i would say the opposite would apply,where do these statistics materialize from cloud cuckoo land?

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    Comment number 64.

    Reminded of phrase, "like a mushroom, you keep me in the dark and feed me bs",
    Making housing increasingly unaffordable, growing car sales (on credit), selling off royal mail, cutting the poorest's benefits, don't create your much lauded recovery.

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    Comment number 63.

    Spin, spin and more spin

    "29% of people were optimistic about the economy 29% of people were optimistic about the economy"

    Means 71% of people are not optimistic about the economy.

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    Comment number 62.

    A few are better off- most are worse off. Has the number of foodbanks dropped? Or the numbers of families in temporary accomodation?
    What proportion of peoples incomes is spent on fuel, or rent? How many homes are on the market for 3 times the average wage or less?

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    Comment number 61.

    Why? UK citizens have1.4 trillion of personal debt. Another 25billion of cuts planned by Osbourne. Manufacturing, 'the engine room of an economy' at 10%. Using public confidence as a forecast of possible economic growth is akin to turning base metal into gold...Political alchemy is not economic reality.

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    Comment number 60.

    Who on earth are they polling?, Bankers, residents Kinsington and Chelsea, CEO's of companies owned by Gidean and Daves friends. This is not the real world this is la la land.

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    Comment number 59.

    Only the British consider housing become less affordable as a sign of economic success.

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    Comment number 58.

    remember, 'we're all in this together', this is what osbourne said and still thinks, although figures show the economy is improving, we all know figures can be misleading.but the fact is working-class people are worse off,the extra food banks proves this. the majority of people wont see any improvement to their living standards for a very long time, unlike MP's, bankers and the so called elite

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    Comment number 57.

    I'm optimistic, I'm working harder than ever but i'm earning more than ever. I've noticed that the number of job vacancies in my field is increasing. My customers all seem optimistic as well. It's the private sector that keeps the wheels turning.

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    Comment number 56.

    Our economy is being kept alive on life support aka fiscal manipulation and credit. Once interest rates rise the hard times will really bite. Real growth needs investment in small business, training and decently paid jobs. That's a long term game and no one in power puts the long term ahead of their short term goals. All that said, this is still one of the best countries in the world to live in.

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    Comment number 55.

    This is fast becoming country in which there is no middle class, just the rich and the very poor. This government has taken money from the elderly who earned it and refuse to fund the disabled and young who need it. The rail and energy industries are fast becoming what the bankers were a couple of years ago and there is a false belief of entitlement among the politicians what propaganda this is.

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    Comment number 54.

    Optimistic....foolishly blinded more like. Amazing how we become brainwashed by media rhetoric the closer we get to a general election. Those government morons feed the media, they feed us and we lap it up and take it all in. The reality is yes the economy is improving artificially influenced by Cameron and his cronies so they can falsely mislead us over the months to come....cynical? No realistic

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    Comment number 53.

    We are selling Great Britain off 'cos the financial cupboard is bare. Blinkers are on the MPs, and they are leading the people into a future of ruin and lost identity.Angela Knight again stretching imagination into incredulity with her smaltz on Fracking, for example.STOP this infamy.GET out of the EU.GOOD NEWS. Womens Ashes latest. The English girls showing how to win as a team. Go girls

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    Comment number 52.

    What is 2,244 as a percentage of the British people ? It's about 0.01% isn't it ? About 5% of the amount of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants that the government expects to be coming to the UK ... So my hats off to the gerrymanderers for their concerted efforts to convince us that everything is rosy in the garden of England. Maybe they would like to add my opinion to the figures ... or maybe not !

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    Comment number 51.

    If the flavour of the comments on this thread are anything like a reflection of the general public, then the 29% optimism seems far fetched....

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    Comment number 50.

    @32 bangers64 You don't need to be a mathematician to see that out of that target group 71% were NOT feeling 'optimistic' so imagine if you will that IPSOS had asked everyone then that lack of optimism would show up quite highly in that poll too, its the rule of probabilities and averages.

    Just because some people feel positive that does not mean the rest do.

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    Comment number 49.

    We are slowly but surely moving away from a country that spends on the never never (a debt-fuelled economy as under Labour) to one that actually earns the money it spends (as in Germany) thanks to the Conservatives and to a lesser extent their Liberal Democrat partners.

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    Comment number 48.

    Waynezilla....yes, and do not forget the common denominator to all your questions. Gordon Brown. 1967, 1978 and 2007 have a common theme. A good establshment should get them back in at the next election.

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    Comment number 47.

    More BBC propaganda for the Tory spin machine...


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