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LONDON 20 MAY 2009:

According to a new survey by global research specialists Hall & Partners, 94%* of people believe that the MPs caught in ‘expenses-gate’ – the abuse of expenses scandal - should face criminal proceedings. The survey, released today, also reveals that 40% of people think a General Election should take place in the next three months.

Findings from the nationally representative survey by Hall & Partners of 2000 people also shows that faith in politicians is low; 24% of people believe Alan Sugar would do the 'best job of running the country', followed by US President Barack Obama (23%) and actress Joanna Lumley (17%). Esther Rantzen – the TV presenter proposing to stand as an independent ‘anti-sleaze’ candidate - polled 6% of the vote. Meanwhile Conservative party leader David Cameron received 16% of the vote and beleaguered Prime Minister Gordon Brown just 7%.

In light of these findings, Hall & Partners European CEO, Deborah Mills, said: “The results suggest that a dark shadow is looming over Westminster. Thanks to ukNOW, Hall & Partners can give a valuable insight and illuminating snapshot of what people think of the popular culture and political issues of the day.”

Hall & Partners new polling tool UKNow keeps its finger on the pulse of the social and cultural context we live in, right now.

-ENDS-

For further information, please contact:

Ali Jones, Head of Media Relations, Hall & Partners
Tel: +44 207 1734635 E: a.jones@hall-and-partners.co.uk
www.hall-and-partners.com

Notes to editors:* 2000 people were asked ‘How much do you agree/disagree with the following statement: ‘MP’s caught fiddling expenses should face criminal proceedings’. 73% said they ‘strongly agreed’ and 21% said they ‘slightly agreed’.

About Hall & Partners:

Hall & Partners is a global specialist brand and communications research agency offering innovative ideas at every stage of the planning cycle. Hall & Partners’ models continue to revolutionise thinking in the advertising industry and have led to new ways of developing and evaluating brands and communication.

DAS (Diversified Agency Services) is the world’s largest holding group of marketing services companies. A division of the Omnicom Group.

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