The Liberal Democrats have slumped to their lowest-ever rating in a ComRes survey for The Independent in the wake of allegations that their former chief executive Lord Rennard sexually harassed women.
The latest monthly poll for The Independent puts Nick Clegg’s party in fourth place behind the UK Independence Party for the first time in a ComRes survey for the newspaper. The Lib Dems are on just 8 per cent, down two points on last month, while Ukip is on 9 per cent (down one point).
The survey, taken between Friday and Sunday, shows that Labour has extended its seven-point lead last month to 12 points, its biggest since 2005 in a ComRes poll for the paper. Labour is now on 43 per cent (up four points on last month) and the Conservatives on 31 per cent (down one point). Other parties are on 9 per cent (no change).
If repeated at a general election, these figures would give Labour an overall majority of 122. The Lib Dems would lose 39 seats, leaving them with just 18 MPs. Only one in three people (33 per cent) who voted Lib Dem in 2010 say they would do so now; some 40 per cent of them would support Labour.
ComRes interviewed 1,005 GB adults by telephone between 22nd and 24th February 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.