Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze gas and electricity prices is overwhelmingly backed by the public, but voters are sceptical about the Labour leader’s ability to deliver on his promise in office, a poll for the Independent reveals today.
The ComRes survey found 80 per cent of the public supported the idea of prices being pegged while the “Big Six” energy companies are reformed, with just 17 per cent saying they opposed the move.
A freeze is backed by 90 per cent of Labour supporters and 69 per cent of Conservatives. But only 41 per cent of Britons believe Mr Miliband will “deliver on his promise” if Labour forms the next government, compared with 52 per cent who forecast he will not.
The poll, the first conducted for the Independent since the party conference season ended nearly four weeks ago, found Labour has doubled its lead over the Conservatives to eight points.
Con 28% (-5)
Lab 36% (-1)
UKIP 12% (+1)
LD 11% (nc)
Others 13% (+5)
But the Conservatives retain their lead on economic competence. Asked whether they trusted David Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy, 33 per cent agreed (up from 29 per cent in March). Asked whether they trusted Ed Miliband and Ed Ball make the right decisions about the economy, 25 per cent agreed (up from 22 per cent in March).