Financial advisers overwhelmingly voted a change of regulator would be the best thing the New Year could bring to improve their working life.
In the poll by the Marketing Innovation Forum, 44% cited support for a change of regulator as their top hope.
The results follow the surprise resignation yesterday of FSA chief executive Hector Sants, who will leave in the summer.
More priority for advisers by providers was the second most popular option, receiving 21% of the vote, while a change of government came in third with 19%.
Elsewhere, more consumer confidence was voiced by just 15% of respondents.
Derek McGuire, co-founder of Marketing Innovation Forum, says: "As tends to be the case with any regulator, they've come in for their fair share of criticism, not helped by their recent publicity around expenses and bonuses.
"What's more refreshing to see is that advisers don't perceive consumer confidence in financial services to have taken too bad a dent, as that's as important a cornerstone of our economy as the regulatory framework."
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