New ComRes Poll – Also Shows Labour’s Lead Cut to 1%
Conservative 37% (up 3%)
Labour 38% (down 2%)
Lib Dem 11% (down 2%)
This poll is very much in line with other recent polls showing Labour’s and the Conservatives neck and neck. As we enter the Conference season Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are still failing to make an impact or gain credibility.
A majority of people (57 per cent) agree that abolishing the 50p rate would show we are not “all in it together” as the Chancellor has claimed when defending the Government’s spending cuts. This view is shared by 67 per cent of Liberal Democrat supporters, 64 per cent of Labour supporters and 54 per cent of Conservative supporters. Overall, only 31 per cent disagree. However, the poll also found that 56 per cent of people believe that scrapping the 50p rate, which applies to earnings over £150,000 a year, would encourage entrepreneurs to stay in Britain, while 34 per cent disagree.
There is strong support across the spectrum for Liberal Democrat calls for new taxes to be imposed on wealth such as property, rather than income, to ensure the very rich pay their fair share. Some 71 per cent agree with this proposal, while 24 per cent disagree. Some 63 per cent believe that tax cuts for businesses should be given more priority than for individuals in order to stimulate growth, while 27 per cent disagree.
Changes shown are compared to the previous telephone poll. ComRes telephoned a random sample of 1,000 GB adults on September 2-4 2011. Data were weighted demographically and by past vote recall.
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