Fewer MPs from the three major parties now think fundraising should be regulated more closely than thought so four years ago, according to new research by nfpSynergy.
The think tank found that almost half of all MPs polled, 47 per cent, think "fundraising should be more closely regulated" - down significantly from the 64 per cent who did so in 2002.
The research also found that 87 per cent of MPs from all three parties agree that "charities are justified in investing in fundraising to build long-term income" - down from the 92 per cent who thought the same back in 2002.
"The sector will, I am sure, be encouraged that its efforts towards greater regulation have resulted in MPs now expressing less need for fundraising to be closely regulated," said Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy.
The research, which polled a sample of 150 MPs to explore their attitudes to the regulation of charities and fundraising, also found that Tory MPs are less likely to back closer regulation of fundraising than Labour or Liberal Democrat MPs.