The poll, carried out in the run up to Christmas questioned 1,805 adults. 40% of those surveyed support the cap on low paid worker benefits and 30% back the plans.
Respondents were asked what percentage of the entire welfare budget they thought was spent on benefits. The responses, when averaged out, said 41 % of the entire welfare budget goes on benefits to unemployed people. In reality this figure stands at 3 %.
The poll found that on average, people think that 27 % of the welfare budget is claimed fraudulently, while the government’s own figure is 0.7%.