Nearly 70% of those polled said someone suspected of illegal downloading should have a right to a trial in court before restrictions on their use of the internet were imposed. Only 16% were in favour of automatic procedures based on accusations by copyright holders such as musicians, as is currently proposed by the business department.
"Nearly a third would be much less likely to vote for a party that supports disconnection proposals.
"Clearly Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, is out of step with public opinion and should think again."
The poll also found that among younger voters internet disconnection for online copyright infringement might even be a vote-changing issue. Full story...