An exclusive BMG Research poll commissioned by the Evening Standard found that more than eight in ten UK adults believe multi-national companies operating in the UK should be forced to publically declare where they pay their taxes, leaving consumers free to decide whether to buy from them or not.
Eighty-five per cent urged the Chancellor to set up a public register showing whether the firms are paying their taxes in the UK.
People aged over 54 were most in favour with more than 90% calling for multi-nationals to publicly reveal if they pay taxes in the UK.
Michael Turner, Research Director here at BMG Research, said “though this poll supports existing opinion research on corporate tax evasion, the results do have a striking undertone. Unlike previous polls, these results reveal a deep absence of trust in big business amongst the British public, who also appear to lack faith in the government to put it right. The sheer strength of support for a public register is startling, and goes beyond the popular narrative that multi-nationals should simply pay more tax in the UK.”
“The findings set a new low in terms of trust between Britons and multi-nationals. A public register, it seems, might empower consumers themselves to force firms to play fair.”
The Evening Standard also reported that the move is being backed by some Conservative and Labour MPS.
An article based on these polling results, released by the Evening Standard, can be found here.
Data tables containing a breakdown of the results can be found here.
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Lauren Harris – Research Executive
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