EVEN allowing for some pretty big variations in the polls recently, there does appear to be a general trend in Labour’s favour at the moment. It seems the pre-budget statement has gone down better with the public than with the media.
The latest Populus poll for The Times gives the Tories a four-point lead, down from six in November.
As I’ve said before, there is no justification in this for Labour to become complacent. But I would have thought that a government in its 12th year, about to lead the country through a difficult recession, would be much further behind any opposition – and any opposition leader – worth its salt.
Good to see we’ve managed to claw back a nine-point lead as the party most trusted to deal with the recession. The figures in full (with change since last month in brackets):
Conservative 39 (-2)
Labour 35 (0)
Liberal Democrats 17 (+1)