Pollwatch: Tories’ lead cut to four points

ODDLY, this YouGov poll for The Daily Telegraph was hidden away on page 2, rather than the front page, of the paper. And it’s buried way down the page on the web edition. Can’t think why.

The numbers are: Conservative 40, Labour 36, LibDems 14.

With the Tories’ ratings hovering at a fairly consistent 40 per cent, Labour’s support tends to be rising or falling depending on how the Liberals are doing. Interestingly, according to YouGov, these figures, if replicated in a general election, would make Labour the largest party in a hung parliament.

Aside from the headline figures, the rest of the poll is a mixed bag for both main partiues:

Today’s poll found that 60 per cent of the public support the Government’s temporary cut in Vat and 72 per cent welcome the new higher-rate tax band. However, just 28 per cent of those questioned believe the pre-Budget report will personally benefit them. Only 27 per cent of people think that Mr Darling’s announcements this week will lessen the impact of the economic crisis

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Filed under Conservative Party, Economy, Labour, Polls

5 responses to “Pollwatch: Tories’ lead cut to four points

  1. Did YouGov ask opinions about Labour’s plan to increase VAT to 18½% in 2011-12?

    Check out page 7.

  2. richard

    Parties go up in the polls when they get more coverage. What staggers me is that the public at large are so easily swayed that they’ll change their voting intentions based on who’s on the tellybox the most.

    I can’t help but think that mandatory voting (accompanied by non-biased political education lessons from primary age) would ensure a higher level of debate and discourse.

  3. It may take a little while for the public to understand that a cut in VAT, a purchase tax, is not the same as a cut in income tax. I suspect that Jacqui Smith may be concerned that this is likely to be an issue given she has chosen now to order 10,000 tasers at a time when government should be tightening its belt.

  4. Random

    Does it not concern you that if the Conservatives polled 40% and Labour 36%, then Labour would be the largest party? That is not democracy.

  5. “Does it not concern you that if the Conservatives polled 40% and Labour 36%, then Labour would be the largest party?”

    No.

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