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82% say Government 'out of touch'

Herald Series: David Cameron has been criticised for the Government's handling of the fuel dispute and Budget tax cuts David Cameron has been criticised for the Government's handling of the fuel dispute and Budget tax cuts

David Cameron's Government is seen as out of touch by four in five voters, according to a poll.

Only 18% regard the coalition as in touch with the concerns of ordinary people, the Angus Reid survey for The Sunday Express found. Some 82% feel that it is not.

The poll comes after Conservative MP Nadine Dorries criticised the Prime Minister and Chancellor George Osborne for being "two arrogant posh boys who show no remorse, no contrition and no passion to want to understand the lives of others".

She said there was a clique at the top of the Government that prevented Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne "understanding or knowing what is happening in the rest of the country".

The Prime Minister, who has been under fire for the Government's handling of the fuel dispute and for tax cuts announced in the Budget, promised to "stay in touch". "People in this country - they are struggling to meet their bills, they are having a tough time. I understand that," he said on Monday.

Angus Reid interviewed 2,002 people on April 27.

A second poll tonight put the Conservatives on their lowest rating since 2004. The YouGov survey for The Sunday Times suggested support for the Tories had fallen to 29%, while Labour was on 40%.

The Liberal Democrats were on 11% only marginally ahead of the UK Independence Party on 10%.

The figures will make unhappy reading for the coalition parties ahead of this Thursday's council elections.

YouGov interviewed 1,717 adults on April 26-27.

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