A new poll has found that only one in four people Britons support the coalition government’s international aid policy, with over 60 percent believing the money is being wasted, local media reported.
The survey commissioned by Ipsos-Mori found that only 6 percent of people strongly disagreed with the idea that foreign aid is wasted, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The survey follows a series of reports revealing that the British taxpayer’s money is being wasted on schemes that have nothing to do with reducing poverty or helping the poor.
Meanwhile, according to earlier reports, hundreds of millions of pounds from the foreign aid budget are being allocated to wealthy countries.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s insistence on keeping the foreign aid budget intact has created tension within the Conservative party.
But Cameron has defended his government’s policies and his target of spending 0.7 percent of the UK’s income on foreign aid.
“It can sometimes be a difficult argument, because we’re having tough times here at home, we’re having to make difficult decisions, but Britain is an incredibly generous country”, said the Prime Minister.
Bobby Duffy of Ipsos-Mori said the poll of 1,002 people showed how politicians should be “realistic about how far opinion can be shifted” on aid.
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