74% say wealth gap widening - poll

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Three quarters of the public believe the wealth gap between rich and poor is widening, according to an opinion poll.

The ComRes poll for ITV News found while there was growing optimism that the economy was improving, the mainly beneficiaries were believed to be those who were already well-off.

The survey found that 40% believed the economy has strengthened over the past three months - the highest figure since ComRes first asked the question in 2010.

However only 11% said they had benefited from the upturn over the past six months as against 71% who said that they had not.

Three-out-of four - 74% - agreed the wealth gap was widening, as against just 10% who disagreed, while 61% thought growth had only really benefited wealthy individuals compared to 18% who did not.

People were also reluctant to credit Chancellor George Osborne for the recovery - with only 22% saying he should take the credit while 46% said he should not.

:: ComRes interviewed 2,052 adults online between January 24 and 26.

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