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New YouGov Poll – Labour Lead is Just 5%

There is a new YouGov poll published in tomorrow’s Sun newspaper showing Labour’s lead over the Conservatives up a notch to a mere 5%:

                Conservative 37% (no change)
                Labour 42% (up 1%)
                                                 Lib Dem 9% (down 2%)
   The Government’s approval rating is at its best level for some time -22% (approve 32% – disapprove 54%). Considering that the Government is having to take some very severe measures to sort out Labour’s economic mess it is striking that Labour are still unable to open up a commanding lead in the polls!

Changes shown are compared to the last daily YouGov poll I reported on 24 March.


April 4, 2011 - Posted by | Polls


  1. The Tory led coalitions boost in the polls over Libya was shortlived and the crucial point is that Labour remain over 40%. The margin is largely irrelevant at this stage and if there was general election today labour would romp home on these figures. May 5th will indicate the true state of this feeble coalition.

    Comment by Phil the Greek | April 5, 2011 | Reply

    • Phil – your relentless negativity is also characteristic of the Reading Labour Party and only serves to confirm your identity 🙂

      The margin in the polls is never irrelevant and your assertion that Labour would “romp home” if it entered an election with such a small lead is arrogance in the extreme.

      5th May will certainly be very interesting and if the augurs are correct Labour’s relentless lies and negativity will rebound on it at the ballot box.

      Comment by Richard Willis | April 5, 2011 | Reply

  2. I note with interest the only part of my post you did not contradict was the feebleness charge. I am sure you realise that at a national level the coalition just isn’t working. And on the point of romping home in 2005 Labour gained 355 seats and a majority of 66 seats with a vote of just 35.2%.

    Comment by Phil the Greek | April 5, 2011 | Reply

    • Phil – it was such a feeble charge after the many failures of the previous Labour govts that it was not worth commenting on!

      The 2005 result shows why we need AV. The 2005 result was a travesty! Labour didn’t deserve it and Britain didn’t want it.

      Comment by Richard Willis | April 5, 2011 | Reply

  3. We don’t need AV. We need proper PR, not a “grubby compromise”.

    Comment by Jonny | April 6, 2011 | Reply

  4. I think you will find that in 2005 more of the electorate voted for Labour than your alternative. And even after 13 years the Tories still failed to garner enough popular support to gain a majority in 2011. Your best chance of ever forming a Tory government up in smoke which I suppose is why you are so in favour of AV. Not negative just factual.

    Comment by Phil the Greek | April 6, 2011 | Reply

  5. Jonny………….absolutely right, Clegg’s words are always misused. It is quite obvious that AV is a grubby little compromise when compared to PR.
    Its interesting that the best the NO campaign can come up with as a reason for not having AV is that it doesn’t (in their thinking) provide strong government. Mugabe runs a strong government!
    AV is, after all, simply a different method of counting the votes in a FPTP system.As for DC’s comment that it turns losers into winners, has he forgotten that David Davis won the first ballot in the leadership race by 62 to 56 Hmmmmmm!

    Comment by Howard Thomas | April 9, 2011 | Reply

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