Liberal Democrat support plummets
Liberal Democrat support has fallen to its lowest since before the general election amid signs of growing public dissatisfaction with the coalition Government, a new poll shows.
The ComRes survey for The Independent put Nick Clegg's party down two at 16% - the lowest since early April - while the Conservatives fell one point to 39% and Labour gained two to reach 33%.
Half of voters said the UK would have been better off if one of the two main parties had won an overall victory - up from 43% in June - with those preferring power-sharing down from 45% to 36%.
Fewer than two thirds (63%) of people who voted Lib Dem on May 6 would do so again now - compared with retention rates for the Tories of 94% and 92% for Labour.
The number believing it was "difficult to know what the Liberal Democrats stand for" now they were in coalition with the Conservatives rose from 65% to 73%.
ComRes telephoned a random sample of 1,004 adults on August 6-8 and results were weighted demographically and by past vote.