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New ComRes Poll – Labour’s Lead Slashed to 7%

There is a new ComRes telephone poll published in tomorrow’s Independent which shows the Labour lead slashed from 11% last month to 7% now:

           Conservative            35% (up 2%)

                                        Labour                      42% (down 2%)

                                        Lib Dem                    12% (up 2%)

                                        UKIP                            TBC

In further findings:

The Liberal Democrats would significantly improve their prospects at the next general election if Vince Cable replaced Nick Clegg as leader, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent. When people were asked who they would vote for if Mr Clegg remained the Lib Dems’ leader, the party would achieve a 14 per cent share of the vote. Asked how they would vote if  the Business Secretary Mr Cable were party leader, the Lib Dems would achieve an 18 per cent share of the vote. On current constituency boundaries, that would see the Lib Dems, who currently have 57 MPs, win 39 seats at the next election under Mr Cable and 23 under Mr Clegg.

The poll indicates that Ed Miliband may be a slight drag on his party. When he is named in the question as the party leader, Labour’s rating falls from 42 per cent to 39 per cent. This does not bode well for Labour when a General Election comes and the focus is on the party leaders!

Methodology: ComRes interviewed 1,002 GB adults by telephone 31 August – 2 September 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults and by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables at


September 3, 2012 - Posted by | Polls


  1. Interesting to see that Labour’s lead has been “slashed” UP to 7% from the 5% you posted a few days ago. This seems to indicate that Labour have been maintaining a lead of about this leve for months now but that as you say Ed Miliband is acting as a damper , IMO to his inactivity ,his being ineffectual and effete, a “leader” who lacks the gift of Leadership.

    Comment by Steve Foley | September 4, 2012 | Reply

    • Steve – you are comparing ComRes with ICM – two different organisations!!

      The Labour lead shown by ComRes has been “slashed” from 11% to just 7% – a cut of about 1/3 – in just a month.

      Comment by Richard Willis | September 4, 2012 | Reply

  2. Deckchairs and Titanic are the words that spring to mind!

    Comment by Howard Thomas | September 9, 2012 | Reply

  3. Ah well and who is a drag on their party?

    Comment by Phil the Greek | September 9, 2012 | Reply

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