Thursday, 28 October 2010

Labour Takes Poll Lead Amid Cuts Anxiety

Richard Willis is usually excellent at publishing this sort of polling data, but I guess he must be busy installing parking meters around the town centre. (By the way, Richard, the Shinfield Road is still a mess - it's ridiculous to have to queue at 7.40pm in light traffic!)

Anyway, Richard doesn't normally shy away from publishing bad news, but here it is: The Tories are behind Labour (in a Populus poll) for the first time since November 2007.

Labour has taken the lead in a new opinion poll amid growing public anxiety over the largest spending cuts since the Second World War.

The latest Populus survey for the Times puts Ed Miliband's party up one point since September to 38 per cent, the first time Labour has led the Conservatives since November 2007. David Cameron's party has dropped two points to 37, with their coalition poodles, the LibDems, on 15 per cent.

Other findings in the poll suggest that David Cameron's government has failed to convince voters that the spending review was both fair and necessary. 58 per cent of voters think the effect of the cuts will be unfair and a majority believe that the coalition is cutting more than it needs to. Only a third think that the government has managed to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

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