Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Labour in poll lead as cuts bite

Labour leader Ed Miliband has received 'lukewarm' ratings in latest poll
Labour leader Ed Miliband has received 'lukewarm' ratings in latest poll

Labour has opened up an eight-point lead over the Tories as the coalition's austerity measures begin to bite, according to a new poll.

Research by ComRes for The Independent put the party on 42%, up three since before Christmas, while the Tories were down three on 34%. The Liberal Democrats' support was 12%.

However, the bounce for Labour came despite lukewarm ratings for new leader Ed Miliband. Only 36% of those questioned believed he was doing well in the job, compared with 42% who thought the opposite.

There were also signs that the Opposition is struggling to win over voters on the key battleground of the economy. The survey - which was mainly carried out before shadow chancellor Alan Johnson's embarrassing failure to remember the National Insurance rate during an interview - found only 36% believed Labour would manage UK plc better than the coalition.

ComRes telephoned a random sample of 1,000 adults between January 7-9, 2011. Data were weighted to be representative of all adults and by past vote.

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