8 February 2016 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Sixty per cent of people want Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to be extended to companies receiving taxpayers' money to provide public services, according to a poll released this week.
Only one in 10 (10 per cent) say they would oppose FOI laws being strengthened.
Campaigning group 38 Degrees commissioned the YouGov survey of 1,735 British adults.
The research comes as the government faces growing pressure against plans to weaken FOI laws. David Cameron ordered a review of FOI laws last year, but in the face of a public and media backlash, government ministers are reportedly stepping back from weakening the laws.
The government is instead considering extending the act to cover private companies - such as Serco and G4S - which provide public services but are currently exempt from the laws despite receiving taxpayers' money.
Nearly 200,000 people have signed a 38 Degrees petition calling for FOI laws to be extended and thousands of people have said they would lobby MPs about the changes.
Lorna Greenwood, campaign manager at 38 Degrees, said: "It's no surprise that the public wants FOI laws to be stronger. At the moment, British taxpayers don't have the right to know how companies are spending our money. At the moment, taxpayers' money is falling into a black hole.
"Most of us think that freedom of information is an essential part of our democracy - it allows us to hold our government and politicians to account. That's why hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members are calling on the government to extend FOI laws.
"Politicians of all parties now need to explain exactly what they will be doing to bring about the changes the public clearly demands."