The Government must re-think plans to impose further tax rises on beer or risk losing public support, a new opinion poll shows, writes Ewan Turney. Just 16% said they would be inclined to vote Labour following the Chancellor's decision to increase duty on beer 2% above inflation for the next four years in a poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA). Three-quarters (77%) of the British public believe the Government's tax hikes on beer will threaten many of Britain's traditional pubs and 82% said the rises will penalise sensible drinkers. In addition, 82% said the increases would do nothing to reduce binge drinking. "This polling calls time on the Government’s stealth taxes on beer," said BBPA chief executive Rob Hayward. "The public is deeply opposed to the Chancellor pushing up the price of a pint at a time when people’s main concern is rising prices across the board. "By a large majority, the public is saying no. People clearly think the taxman has had enough. This polling must make the Chancellor think again about further tax rises on beer."