forty-four percent think PM Handling Of Finances 'Repugnant'

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Source:   —  April 17, 2016, at 0:53 AM

The PM's decision to publish his tax returns following the Panama Papers scandal appears to have had Ltd impact on voters.

forty-four percent think PM Handling Of Finances 'Repugnant'

More than forty percent of people think David Cameron'south handling of his financial affairs has been "morally repugnant" - a phrase previously used by Chancellor George Osborne to characterize tax dodging, says a new poll.

The Prime Minister faced days of negative media coverage and calls for his resignation after he admitted he'd profited from his father'south offshore trust.

He tried to reassert his leadership in the wake of the Panama Papers data leak by taking the unprecedented step of publishing his tax returns.

But it appears to have had Ltd impact on voters, with fifty-two percent believing Mister Cameron hasn't been "honest and open" about his finances, a ComRes poll for The Independent and Sun Mirror found.

The Conservatives had a nine-point lead over Labour latest month, but it's presently dropped four, with the Tories on thirty-fifth percent compared to thirty percent for Labour.

Although forty-four percent of those polled agreed Mister Cameron's handling of his financial affairs was "morally repugnant", thirty-six percent still backed him to handle the UK'south money, compared to nineteen percent for Labour boss Jeremy Corbyn.

Mister Cameron was the most trusted boss to deal with terrorists and running the country, winning the support of thirty-one percent of voters in both cases.

But he fared distant worse in the popularity stakes, according to ComRes' online poll of 2.036 adults.

Asked who they'd most love to have a snack with, just twelve percent of voters picked the PM, leaving him trailing behind Nigel Farage on fifteenth%, Nicola Sturgeon and the Labour boss both on eighteenth percent and Boris Johnson on thirty-eighth%.

Only eleven percent would chose Mister Cameron and the UKIP boss as holiday companions, compared to thirteen percent for Mister Corbyn, twenty-four percent for Scotland'south First Minister and forty-one percent for the London Mayor.

The Panama Papers scandal saw millions of documents leaked from the database of offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Some of the files appeared to indicate how the wealthy and well-known exploit secretive offshore tax regimes.

 

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