Labour has moved into a six-point lead over the Conservatives even though a majority of people say that Ed Miliband puts them off voting for his party, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.
The Tories have dropped to 27 per cent, their lowest in a ComRes telephone poll for the newspaper since the 2010 election. The party is down three points on last month, while Labour, now on 33 per cent, is up one point. Ukip is down one point to 17 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats up one point to 8 per cent and the Green Party up two points to 7 per cent. These figures would give Labour a majority of 74 on a uniform swing.
Asked whether Mr Miliband puts them off voting for Labour at the general election, 54 per cent agreed and 41 per cent disagreed.
Asked whether they believed what Mr Miliband says more than they believed David Cameron, only 32 per cent agreed and 57 per cent disagreed.
One in five (20 per cent) people said they would be more likely to vote Labour if Tony Blair were party leader, including one in eight Tory supporters (12 per cent) and one in 10 Ukip supporters (10 per cent).
Labour’s plan to stick within the Coalition’s spending limits for 2015-16 if it wins power appears not to have registered with the public. Asked if they believed that Labour would probably start increasing levels of government spending as soon as it got into power, 58 per cent agreed and 35 per cent disagreed.
Tom Mludzinski, Head of Political Polling at ComRes said “This poll brings mixed news for Labour, despite the six point lead over the Conservatives many voters are put off Mr Miliband at the top of the ticket – causing some concern about how solid Labour’s lead is going into next year’s election.”
ComRes interviewed 1,001 GB adults by telephone between 25th and 27th July 2014. 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.