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Miliband suffers fall in ratings

Labour leader Ed Miliband has suffered a sharp fall in his public approval ratings, according to an opinion poll.

The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror found just 18% believed he had turned out to be a good leader, against 45% who did not, a net approval rating of -27%, with 37% saying they did not know.

The findings represent a 10 point drop since last month when 22% said Mr Miliband was proving to be a good leader against 39% who disagreed - an overall rating of -17%.

After a difficult week for Mr Miliband, which has seen renewed questioning of his position, the poll found 27% believed his older brother David - who he defeated for the leadership - would be a better choice, against 17% who disagreed.

There was some comfort for Mr Miliband in the findings which showed he had not fallen as far as Nick Clegg, with 20% saying that he was a good leader of the Liberal Democrats compared with 57% who disagreed - a net rating of -37%.

Opinions on David Cameron were more evenly divided, with 37% saying they believed he was a good Prime Minister as against 44% who did not - a net rating of -7%.

Overall, the poll put Labour and the Conservatives level-pegging on 37%, with Labour down two points on last month and the Tories down one. The Lib Dems were unchanged on 11%.

ComRes interviewed 2,008 adults online on June 15 and 16.

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