Brown enjoys post-G20 poll boost

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (R) talks to Prime Minister Gordon Brown during a cultural event at the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden, April 3, 2009. REUTERS/Yves Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown received an opinion poll lift as voters reacted positively to the $1.1 trillion (743 billion pound) economic stimulus agreed by G20 leaders on Thursday.

A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times newspaper showed Brown had cut the opposition lead to seven points.

His Labour Party gained three points to stand at 34 percent. David Cameron’s Conservatives were unchanged at 41 percent.

The Liberal Democrats were down one point to 16 percent.

An online poll of 2,000 voters also showed 53 percent thought the G20 summit to be a success and 44 percent saying the deal agreed by world leaders would help end the recession sooner.

There was also a five point increase in the number of people who thought Brown was doing a good job, to 41 percent, although 53 percent think he is not.

The number of respondents who were more optimistic about economic recovery rose by four points to 25 percent, with 44 percent negative, down from 51 percent when asked in December.

YouGov interviewed a representative sample of 2,125 voters across Britain on April 3-4.

Reporting by Frank Prenesti; Editing by Alison Williams