ComRes/ ITV News poll: two thirds say James Murdoch should now resign
Tonight, a new poll for ITV News at Ten will reveal that following Rebekah Brooks’ resignation, two thirds (65%) now believe that James Murdoch should resign as Chairman of News International. Just one in ten (9%) disagree while a quarter (26%) are unsure. Last week a ComRes poll for ITV News found an overwhelming 82% of the public agreed that Brooks should resign as Chief Executive of the company following the closure of the News of the World paper amid phone hacking allegations.
As Rupert Murdoch’s media empire shows signs of collapsing, more than half of the public (57%) have called for him to be disqualified by law from being a company director and 83% believe Rupert Murdoch should apologise for the phone hacking scandal when he appears before the House of Commons Select Committee tomorrow. A tiny fraction (6%) disagree.
Just one in ten (11%) think that Murdoch has handled the phone hacking scandal well so far – compared to two thirds (64%) who disagree.
This is echoed by strong figures that show that having James and Rupert Murdoch, and Rebekah Brooks, appear before MPs to answer questions about the scandal is unlikely to get to the bottom of what has happened at News International. Two thirds (66%) think it is unlikely, while just 15% agree it is likely to uncover the truth and 19% are not sure.
The scandal threatens wider ramifications for the media in general: fully 80% of people think the reputation of all British tabloid newspapers has been seriously called into question following the scandal and a similar proportion (78%) have been ‘shocked’ at the extent and nature of phone hacking at The News of the World.
The findings of this poll will be broadcast on ITV News at Ten on Monday 18th July.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2026 GB adults online between 15th and 17th July 2011. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.