David Cameron attends the Lord Mayor's banquet
David Cameron attends the Lord Mayor's banquet

A gulf in the degree of public trust in Government, business and the media has opened up between the haves and have-nots in British society, an influential annual survey of public attitudes has revealed.

The findings highlight a stark and widening divide in outlooks between the rich and the poor - which may shed light on the popularity in some quarters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's "new politics".

The Edelman Trust Barometer, which divides respondents into the "Informed Publics" (universityeducated, high earners with a declared interest in politics and news) and the rest, found that the disparity in trust levels between the two groups had doubled in a year.

Better-off Britons see it as almost the best of times; those who have suffered more through austerity see it as closer to being the worst of times.

  • Ed Williams, UK chief executive of Edelman
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