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A new poll by YouGov has revealed that the public does not believe illegal filesharers should have their broadband disconnected.

The study, which was commissioned by the Open Rights Group, found that 68 per cent of people think such offenders should have a right to trial before being hit with infringements.

It was also found that a third of the public would be less likely to vote for a political party that supports disconnection in such a manner.

Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, said the figures should make Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, "think again" over the proposals.

He added: "This poll shows people rely on the internet, and an overwhelming majority think that access should only ever be withdrawn as the result of court action."

The Open Rights Group was formed in 2005 to ensure the rights of consumers are protected in the digital age.

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