RTTNews - Business leaders in the U.K. are more upbeat about the prospects of economic recovery than at any time since the recession began, a ComRes poll for the Independent showed Wednesday.

The survey of 170 leading businessmen found that 38% see signs of recovery in their sector, up from 33% last month and the highest figure since the green shoots index was launched, the newspaper said. At the same time, 50% see no evidence of revival, while 12% don't know.

The survey also found only 18% of business leaders are confident in the ability of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and only 19% in Chancellor Alistair Darling. At the same time, Tory leader David Cameron enjoys the confidence of 53% and shadow chancellor George Osborne 41%.

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