New ComRes Poll – Conservatives Slash Labour’s Lead to 3%
Conservative 32% (up 4%)
Labour 35% (down 1%)
Lib Dem 9% (down 1%)
UKIP 16% (down 1%)
This poll is consistent with most other post-conference polls in showing a marked narrowing of Labour’s lead.
In further findings:
Of those who say they voted Liberal Democrat in 2010, 36% say that they would now vote for the Labour Party, while, 18% of 2010 Conservative voters say they would now vote for UKIP, compared with just 5% of 2010 Labour voters who say the same.
In a forced choice between Labour and the Conservatives, Labour leads as the party most trusted to …
Make your family better off: Labour lead 7 points
Get the cost of living down: Labour lead 9 points
Keep prices down generally: Labour lead 11 points
Protect people’s jobs: Labour lead 16 points
Keep gas and electricity prices down: Labour lead 20 points
The Conservatives lead as the party most trusted to …
Keep the economy growing: Conservative lead 14 points
Negotiate on Britain’s behalf with the rest of the EU: Conservative lead 15 points
Be tough on people abusing the benefits system: Conservative lead 39 points
Influence of leaders’ names on policy
Ed Miliband’s proposed price freeze becomes less popular when it has his name attached to it. The number agreeing with this proposal declines from 71% to 65% when his name is added to the proposal. However, it remains more popular than not with voters of every party.
Cameron’s proposals are also popular with the British public, but there appears to be little effect to their popularity when his name is added to them. Four in five British people (80%) agree with David Cameron that the Government should require gas and electricity companies to put all customers on the cheapest tariff. This is very similar to the proportion who support the proposal when it has no politician’s name attributed to it (79%).
Help to Buy is less popular, but still widely supported. Just less than half of the population agree that the Government should guarantee mortgages to make it easier for some people to buy a home (49% with Cameron’s name, 46% without). Roughly three in ten disagree with it (27% with Cameron’s name, 30% without).
Battle over the Cost of Living
If they were Prime Minister, who would you trust most to… /If they were in government, which party would you trust most to…
Make your family better off
|Don’t know||44%||Don’t know||43%|
|Lead||Lab: 4||Lead||Lab: 7|
This is one of the areas where Ed Miliband appears to be the largest drag on the Opposition ticket (along with protecting people’s jobs).
Get the cost of living down
|Don’t know||42%||Don’t know||39%|
|Lead||Lab: 10||Lead||Lab: 9|
Keep prices down generally
|Don’t know||45||Don’t know||43|
|Lead||Lab: 11||Lead||Lab: 11|
Protect people’s jobs
|Don’t know||41||Don’t know||37|
|Lead||Lab: 13||Lead||Lab: 16|
Keep gas and electricity prices down
|Don’t know||44%||Don’t know||46%|
|Lead||Lab: 21||Lead||Lab: 20|
Keep the economy growing
|Don’t know||39%||Don’t know||34%|
|Lead||Con: 14||Lead||Con: 14|
Energy price freeze
|As Ed Miliband has suggested, the Government should freeze gas and electricity prices while the market is reviewed||65%||16%||18%|
|The Government should freeze gas and electricity prices while the market is reviewed||71%||14%||15%|
Cheapest energy tariff legislation
|As David Cameron has suggested, the Government should require gas and electricity companies to put all customers on the cheapest tariff||80%||8%||12%|
|The Government should require gas and electricity companies to put all customers on the cheapest tariff||79%||9%||12%|
“Help To Buy”
|As David Cameron has suggested, the Government should guarantee mortgages to make it easier for some people to buy a home||49%||27%||24%|
|The Government should guarantee mortgages to make it easier for some people to buy a home||46%||30%||24%|
Be tough on people abusing the benefits system
|Don’t know||34||Don’t know||29|
|Lead||Con: 39||Lead||Con: 39|
Negotiate on Britain’s behalf with the rest of the EU
|Don’t know||40||Don’t know||37|
|Lead||Con: 16||Lead||Con: 15|
It is worth paying an extra £2 in every £100 on gas and electricity bills to pay for greener energy
Agree 34% Disagree 45% Don’t know 20%
Of the three main parties, Lib Dem voters are most likely to agree (47%).
It is worth paying an extra £7 in every £100 on gas and electricity bills to help the poor and elderly with their bills
Agree 26% Disagree 46% Don’t know 28%
Parents, teachers and charities should be encouraged to set up new state schools, even if there are already schools in the local area
Agree 27% Disagree 36% Don’t know 37%
Those who consider themselves Conservative are most likely (38%) to agree; while only a quarter of those who consider themselves Labour (25%) agree.
There is little that the Government can do to stop school children using the word “gay” as an insult
Agree 70% Disagree 15% Don’t know 15%
Men are more pessimistic (74% agree) than women (67%).
There will probably be an openly gay prime minister in the next 20 years Agree 28% Disagree 27% Don’t know 45%
Younger people aged 18-34 are more likely to agree, 33%, compared with 23% of those aged 65+. Women are more likely to agree, 32%, than men, 24%.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,001 GB adults online 16 – 18 October 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.