Britain's public opinion polls, busy taking the pulse of the British electorate as they face their second general election this year are revealing a high degree of uncertainty about the outcome of the polling.
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BARTER: I think this is an election at which anything can happen, because we are showing a very high number of "Don't Knows'. People are not yet willing to state the way they are going to vote - not because they don't want to or have anything to hide from us, but because they genuinely haven't made up their minds and I think the reason why they haven't made up their minds is that they are not satisfied that the policies of the parties are going to solve the problems that they see.
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Background: Britain's public opinion polls, busy taking the pulse of the British electorate as they face their second general election this year are revealing a high degree of uncertainty about the outcome of the polling.
Poll experts are saying that more people than over are remaining non-committal about the way they will vote with about one in every ten still claiming they are undecided.
But there is little doubt about which is the major issue in the minds of the public. It is the overwhelming feeling that inflation is the nation's gravest problem.
But it is a sad reflection on the state of the British parliamentary and political system that nearly two-thirds of the people interviewed by survey teams say they do not think politicans can solve the problem.
Despite these reservations, however, nearly every opinion poll indicates that the Labour government is assured of re-election. Whether these forecasts will prove accurate is the question which hangs over all public surveys. In the last general election in February, Mr Edward Heath's Conservatives showed themselves to be early leaders in the campaign, but lost the election.
The influence of opinion polls in the election is debatable, since most politicans and many voters treat the published results with skepticism. In the end, it will be during the final few days that the public will make up their minds which way to vote.
The popularity of Britain's political leaders, as reflected in the polls, shows an apparent lack of faith in their abilities. A few years ago, individual ratings stood in percentages of sixty or seventy. Now, none of them rates more than thirty or forty per cent of public support.
The director of one of the leading British polls, Mr John Barter of National Opinion Polls, was interviewed by Visnews reporter Jim Stirling and made this comment: