Most people in Britain would like to see more party leaders appear in nationwide televised debates during General Election campaigns, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample of 2,011 British adults, 58 per cent of respondents think United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage should be included in these debates.

A majority of Britons (54%) would also like to see the Green Party’s Natalie Bennett alongside the leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.

Two-in-five respondents would consent to Alex Salmond of the Scottish National Party (SNP) (44%) and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru (41%) being featured in the televised debates, while only 33 per cent think Nick Griffin of the British National Party (BNP) should be included as well.

Solid majorities of respondents in all regions endorse Farage’s appearance in the televised debates, including 59 per cent of respondents in the South of England, Midlands and Wales and the North.

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Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion
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Methodology: From January 18 to January 19, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 2,011 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of Great Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.