New ComRes Poll – Lib Dems and UKIP Rise
Conservative 28% (down 3%)
Labour 38% (down 5%)
Lib Dem 12% (up 4%)
UKIP 14% (up 5%)
In further findings:
The post-Budget survey suggests that Labour has made little progress in winning the economic argument in the past year. Some 29 per cent of people trust David Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy, while 58 per cent do not – a net rating of minus 29 points. Meanwhile, only 22 per cent trust Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to make the right economic decisions, while 62 per cent do not – a net rating of minus 40 points, no better than the party’s score in previous ComRes polls in January and October last year.
The public is still more likely to blame today’s economic problems on the previous Labour Government than the Coalition. Asked whether the Coalition is more to blame, 54 per cent disagree and 32 per cent agree. Three out of 10 (31 per cent) of Labour supporters disagree that the Coalition is more to blame.
However, the Government’s attempt to pin responsibility on Labour may be proving less successful as time passes. In January last year, 26 per cent agreed that the Coalition is more to blame and 62 per cent disagreed.
Asked whether Mr Osborne is turning out to be a good Chancellor, 51 per cent of people disagree and only 24 per cent agree. One in four Conservative voters (26 per cent) and seven in 10 Ukip supporters (71 per cent) do not regard him as a good Chancellor.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 1,003 GB adults by telephone 22 – 24 March 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 www.comres.co.uk.