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Poll for BBC Two's Daily Politics

About two-thirds of the British people believe the Prime Minister Gordon Brown should call a General Election as early as possible, according to a ComRes poll conducted for BBC Two's Daily Politics programme, broadcast today at 12.00noon.

When asked in the poll if they thought Gordon Brown should call a General Election at the earliest possible opportunity, 65% agreed, compared with 33% who disagreed.

The poll also asked whether MPs named and shamed in the newspapers over their expense claims should be forced to stand down from Parliament. Again about two-thirds (64%) agreed, compared with 34% who disagreed.

People polled from the social group DE are more critical of MPs than people from social group AB: 73% of the DE group said that MPs named and shamed in the newspapers over their expense claims should be forced to stand down from Parliament compared with 51% from the AB group.

And on the possible effect on turnout, 28% of those polled said they were less likely to vote in the forthcoming European Elections because of the revelations about MPs' expenses. However, 25% said they were more likely to vote. 47% said it would make no difference.

The poll was conducted for BBC Two's Daily Politics programme by ComRes. They spoke to 1,011 voters between 13 and 14 May 2009.

Full Results

1. Over recent weeks there have been a series of media stories about MPs' expenses and allowances. In light of this, do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?

a. Gordon Brown should call a General Election at the earliest possible opportunity.

Agree 65%
Disagree 33%
Don't know 2%

b. MPs named and shamed in the newspapers over their expense claims should be forced to stand down from Parliament.

Agree 64% (by social group: AB - 51%, C1 - 64%, C2 - 69%, DE - 73%)
Disagree 34%
Don't know 2%

2. Do the revelations about MPs' expenses make you more or less likely to vote in the forthcoming European elections on 4 June?

More likely 25%
Less likely 28%
Makes no difference 47%
Don't know 1%.

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