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Tories ahead but short of majority


David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg

David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg

David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg

The first opinion poll to be taken after Thursday night's General Election TV debate showed Conservatives maintaining their advantage, but failing to establish the kind of lead they need to win an overall majority in Parliament.

The YouGov survey for The Sun gave David Cameron's party a five-point lead over Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who were neck-and-neck in second place.

Tories' 34% rating was unchanged since a poll taken ahead of the debate on Thursday, while Nick Clegg's Lib Dems edged up a point to 29% to bring them level with Labour, whose score was the same as the previous day.

If repeated on an even swing on May 6, the figures would deliver a hung Parliament with Conservatives the largest single party.

The findings appear to confirm the opinion of many observers that the second televised debate of the campaign was an evenly-matched contest, in which none of the candidates did enough to knock their opponents off course or provide their own party with a significant boost.

The steady-as-she-goes verdict comes in stark contrast to polls following the first debate of the campaign last week, when Lib Dems gained as many as 12 points in the wake of Mr Clegg's much-praised performance.

Instant polls taken after Thursday night's 90-minute Sky News showdown were divided over whether Mr Cameron or Mr Clegg performed best. And Prime Minister Gordon Brown also recorded much-improved ratings, even though he remained in third place in most of the surveys.

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YouGov questioned 1,381 British adults for The Sun on April 23.

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