LIBERAL DEMOCRAT support has tumbled sharply since the budget, a ComRes poll for the Independent discloses today.
Backing for Nick Clegg’s party is at a post-election low – and at its second worst level for six months.
The Conservatives have support of 40 per cent, a rise of four points since a ComRes poll for the Independent on Sunday on June 20.
Labour is up one point at 31 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats are down five points at 18 per cent.
The other parties are unchanged on 11 per cent.
In other findings:
• The Tories have increased their support among 25-34 year olds, and the Lib Dems have dropped in this group.
• Tory support reaches 45% among people in social group AB and 49% among over 65s.
• Only 68% of people who voted Lib Dem in May would still vote Lib Dem now – however this support is more likely to go to Labour than the Conservatives.
ComRes telephoned a random sample of 1003 GB adults on 25-27 June 2010. Data were weighted demographically and by past vote. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full tables at www.comres.co.uk
Mr Clegg will come under pressure at the Liberal Democrat conference in September to reassure delegates that the party’s identity is not being subsumed in the coalition.