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http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/30/1075340841767.html The Age Australia
Winner Blair loses public confidenceJanuary 31, 2004
Tony Blair has won his bitter eight-month feud with the BBC over the war in Iraq, but opinion polls yesterday showed the once-unassailable British leader losing public esteem.
- An ICM poll in The Guardian of 532 adults, taken hours after Lord Hutton published his report, showed Mr Blair's trust rating down two points at minus 17 points, with 55 per cent of voters unhappy with his performance compared with 38 per cent expressing satisfaction.
- It also showed that three times more people trusted the BBC than the Government. 31 per cent of voters trusted the BBC more to tell the truth, compared with 10 per cent who trusted the government more. Just 7 per cent trusted both.
- 49 per cent believed the BBC failed to treat Dr Kelly fairly, a figure which increased to 60 per cent when the same question was asked about the Government.
- Support for the war fell six points from a week ago to 47 per cent, with a five-point increase in opposition to 46 per cent.
- A Populus poll in The Times showed public trust in both Mr Blair and the BBC had fallen almost equally.