More than two thirds (69%) of the UK adult population supports calls for a cut or freeze in beer duty, according to new research commissioned by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Almost as many (62%) support a reduction in business rates for pubs and 80% want wider taxes on pubs to be frozen or cut. The YouGov poll found that almost a fifth of workers are putting off going out to the pub until payday because they can’t afford it.

The BBPA, which is campaigning for at least a duty freeze in the Budget, recently revealed that the average pub pays £33,300 in alcohol duties, £12,500 in business rates, and £122,200 in total taxes and regulatory charges.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “The Chancellor has a golden opportunity in the Budget, to help hard pressed consumers by cutting, or at the very least freezing, beer duty to help pubs.

“Last year’s historic duty cut was both wise and popular. Action on beer duty would help boost the quality of life for millions of Britons who are still feeling the pinch, by protecting one of life’s simple pleasures – a great beer in your favourite pub.”