13 April 2014

Labour edges ahead in latest poll, as support for Conservatives slips

David CameronThe Conservatives have suffered a double setback in the latest Observer/Opinium poll, with Labour recovering to hold a solid six point lead and Ukip support surging again.

Ed Miliband’s party – which saw its lead over the Tories cut to just 1 point a fortnight ago – has risen 3 points to 36% while the Conservatives have dropped by 2 points to 30%.

Ukip appears to have reaped the benefits from Nigel Farage’s win over Nick Clegg in the recent public debates on Europe, and has climbed by 3 points to 18% while the Liberal Democrats have dropped by 3 points to just 7%.

The fall will alarm the Lib Dem camp ahead of May’s European elections where they face a potential wipe-out of seats in the European Parliament.

The results suggest that David Cameron’s party has lost the “bounce” it received after the March Budget and has suffered from recent bad publicity surrounding the expense claims of Maria Miller, who resigned on Wednesday morning as culture secretary after Tory MPs turned against her.

While Ed Miliband’s personal ratings are fairly stable on -20%, Cameron’s have dropped slightly from -6% to -11%.


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