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New ComRes Poll – Labour Lead Cut to 5% as UKIP Rise

There is a new ComRes online poll published in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday which shows the Labour lead down to just 5% and UKIP up, compared to last month (changes are against last month’s online poll) but there is a change in methodology which helps UKIP and other minor parties:

                                        Conservative            31% (down 2%)

                                        Labour                      36% (down 3%)

                                        Lib Dem                      8% (down 3%)

                                        UKIP                         14% (up 4%)

In further findings there is a big shift in economic trust in the Conservatives’ favour:


I trust David Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy:

Agree 27% (+2) Disagree 51% (-4) Net agree -24% (+6)

I trust Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to make the right decisions about the economy:

Agree 20% (-1) Disagree 55% (+3) Net agree -35% (-4)

Change since December

Horsemeat Scandal

I have stopped eating meat ready meals as a result of the reports of horsemeat in British food:

Women (35%) are more likely than men (27%) to say they have stopped eating ready meals.

Agree: 31% Disagree: 58%

I have stopped eating meat altogether as a result of the reports of horsemeat in British food:

Agree: 7% Disagree: 87%

All meat imports should be banned until we can be sure of their origin:

Agree: 53% Disagree: 33%

The Government has responded well to the findings of horsemeat in ready meals:

Agree: 44% Disagree: 30%

Pope’s Abdication

It would be a positive step for the Catholic church if they chose an African as their next Pope:

Agree: 33% Disagree: 19% Don’t know: 48%

The Catholic church is a force for good in the world:

Agree: 22% Disagree: 45% Don’t know: 32%

Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,002 GB adults online 13 – 14 February 2013. 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


February 16, 2013 - Posted by | Polls

1 Comment »

  1. Still gives Labour a half decent lead and I am interested in UKIP scoring so well. I don’t honestly see them winning in Eastleigh but irony of ironies, they might keep the Lib-Dem in the seat if they take sufficient votes that would otherwise be Tory? Can you also confirm or refute the allegation the Tory Candidate is being muzzled as some of her opinions do not agree with the “liberal” views of Cameron?

    As for the other issues. I have eaten horse knowingly in the past and enjoyed it and do not join in all the current fuss about what is a labelling and not a health or hygiene issue. I DO however sympathise with the shops, big or small, which have been defrauded by the suppliers. I cannot see how the retailers can take any blame for “Beef” Lasagne being made with minced horse, and what the hell does one expect in a 10 pack of value burgers – Aberdeen Angus Steak? This is much ado about nothing., IMO.

    As to the Pope, I am NOT an RC, so I don’t suppose I really have a say in this issue. I LIKED Benedict XVI as much of what he said was sound and hope that a Pope of equal stature is elected in his place, a Traditionalist Catholic and NOT a progressive although I do feel that the RC Church should permit married men to be priests and rescind its ban on Contraception..

    Comment by Steve Foley | February 16, 2013 | Reply

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