Big majority 'backs switch to PR'
Voters overwhelmingly back a move towards proportional representation, a poll showed as it suggested support for the coalition partners is holding firm.
Some 78% of people agreed that the UK's first-past-the-post voting system should be replaced with a set-up that "reflects more accurately the proportion of votes cast for each party", according to the ComRes survey for The Independent, against 18% who disagreed.
Meanwhile the poll put the Conservatives on 37% (down 1% since the last ComRes survey on May 13), with Labour on 33% (also down 1%) and the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 21%. Support for other parties was up two points to 9%.
The survey was carried out between Friday and Monday, just as the Coalition faced its first major crisis with the resignation of Treasury Chief Secretary David Laws.
Voters were split on whether Britain is better off with a coalition government than it would have been under either Labour or the Tories, with 45% backing coalition against 43% who would have preferred an outright win.
But 72% agreed the "horsetrading" which followed last month's inconclusive election result showed an outright majority was more desirable than a hung parliament, against 24% who disagreed.
And 65% agreed that it was difficult to know what the Lib Dems stand for now they are in coalition, with 29% disagreeing.
:: ComRes telephoned 1,000 GB adults between May 28 and 31. Data was weighted by past vote recall.