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Seventy per cent want more grammar schools

An ICM opinion poll carried out in March for the National Grammar Schools Association found a majority of more than 2 to 1 oppose moves by politicians to undermine or abolish England's remaining 164 grammar schools. 61% of those questioned oppose attacks on grammar schools by politicians and only 27% support them. 12% didn't know.

ICM also asked respondents whether or not they would support the introduction of new grammar schools, especially in urban areas where none currently exist. A remarkable 70% of those questioned would support the setting up of new grammar schools and only 21% opposed the idea. 9% didn't know.

The answers to these two questions clearly illustrate how out of touch the majority of politicians are with public opinion. Is it any wonder fewer and fewer people bother to vote?

ICM interviewed a random sample of 1006 adults aged 18+, by telephone between and 13 and 14th March 2006. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at