Ahead of Philip Hammond's Autumn budget today (22 November), a new YouGov poll shows there is significant public support for moves that will support the pub trade.

The most popular proposal is that the Government freezes or reduces beer duty, with 46 per cent of respondents in support.

That was followed by a reduction in business rates, which was supported by 43 per cent.

The poll was commissioned by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), which is lobbying hard for a cut in beer duty in this week's budget.

"This new poll shows there is huge public support for action to help brewers and pubs in the Budget," said BBPA chief executive, Brigid Simmonds.

"The public understands the vital role pubs play in all our communities, and nearly 900,000 jobs depend on the brewing and pub sector. The Government now needs to take action, with a cut in beer duty in the Budget next week."

Some political pundits are suggesting that a freeze in beer duty this time round would be an easy "win" for a beleaguered Government.

The budget will take place tomorrow at around 12.30, after Prime Minister's Questions.