This represents the lowest confidence level in the chancellor since the Sept 11 terror attacks, and comes just two days before he is scheduled to deliver his pre-Budget speech.
The MORI poll, conducted for the Financial Times found the biggest drop in optimism was felt amongst managerial and professional staff, as well as amongst the unskilled and unemployed.
In terms of economic regions, the biggest fall was in confidence was felt in London.
In his speech on Wednesday, the chancellor is expected to announce plans to increase government borrowing, while an increase in taxes is also being predicted.
Mark McMullen joins the private client services team from Smith & Williamson
Merger between Clear & Lane Chartered Accountants and Magma Chartered Accountants was finalised on 3 February
BDO has taken its new partner intake to 23 during the first half of its financial year, including the appointment of five partners in five weeks
The firm reports 7.6% global fee income growth for the year ending 31 December 2016