More expect economy to improve

More than 40% of Britons expect the UK economy to improve this year, up 12 points from last year in a sign of increased confidence in the recovery.

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More than half of those surveyed said they did not trust George Osborne to see the country through the current economic situation

More than 40% of Britons expect the UK economy to improve this year, up 12 points from last year in a sign of increased confidence in the recovery.

A ComRes poll for ITV News also found that 36% thought the economy had improved in the last three months, the highest figure since the question was first asked in October 2010.

But in a sign that the recovery is not being felt in all parts of the economy 30% - a joint record low - thought the situation had got worse over the past three months.

Some 43% agreed that they expected the UK economy to improve this year, 12 points higher than when the question was asked about the outlook for 2013 in a poll in December 2012. There was a 13 point drop in those who did not expect the economy to improve, down to 38%.

Some 30% expected their financial situation to improve in 2014, up five points, but 50% disagreed that their personal position would get better this year.

More than half of those surveyed (53%) said they did not trust George Osborne to see the country through the current economic situation, with 26% backing the Chancellor. Prime Minister David Cameron was trusted to deal with the economic situation by 32%, with 50% saying they did not trust him.

But there was worse news for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who was not trusted by 66% and trusted by just 15%.

Some 22% trusted Labour leader Ed Miliband to see the country through the economic situation, with 58% not trusting him and for shadow chancellor Ed Balls the figures were worse, at 17% and 60% respectively.

:: ComRes interviewed 2,047 British adults online between January 3 and January 5. Data were weighted to be representative of all British adults.