People believe Labour is more likely than the Conservatives to tackle the cost of living crisis but think the Tories are more likely to deliver economic growth, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.
When asked to choose between the two main parties, the public says that the Tories (42%) would be more likely than Labour (33%) to keep the economy growing.
Similarly, nearly half of British people (47%) say that the Conservatives would be more likely than Labour to keep public spending under control, compared to 28% who said the opposite.
However, people are more likely to think that their own family would be better off under Labour (41%) than the Conservatives (31%). Ed Miliband’s promise of a 20-month freeze on energy prices if Labour wins the next election has “cut through”. Nearly half the population (48%) say that Labour would be more likely than the Conservatives to keep energy prices down if they won the next election, while only 21 per cent believe the Tories would be more likely to.
Despite that, last week’s Labour conference has failed to give the party a bounce. Labour’s lead over the Conservatives stands at four points, down two points since the last telephone poll for The Independent in August. Labour is on 37 per cent (unchanged), the Tories 33 per cent (up two points), the Liberal Democrats on 11 per cent (down one point), Ukip on 11 per cent (up one point) and others on eight per cent (down two points).