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britain_april2012
(04/17/12) -

Double-Digit Lead for Labour as Conservatives Drop in Britain

The approval rating for both David Cameron and Nick Clegg has fallen significantly since the start of 2012.

The opposition Labour Party holds a sizeable advantage over the governing Conservative Party in Britain, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

The online survey of a representative sample of 2,010 British adults also shows that only one third of Britons are now satisfied with the way David Cameron is handling his duties as head of government.

Voting Intention

Across Britain, 41 per cent of decided voters and leaners (+1 since March) would support the Labour Party candidate in their constituency in the next General Election.

The Conservatives have dropped to a post-General Election low of 29 per cent (-3). Their coalition partners—the Liberal Democrats—are holding on to third place with 11 per cent (+1), while the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) also increased its standing this month (8%, +1).

Support is lower for the Scottish National Party (SNP) (4%), the Green Party (3%), the British National Party (BNP) (2%) and Plaid Cymru (1%).

More than half of decided voters and leaners in the North (52%) are supporting Labour, and the opposition party keeps the upper hand over the Tories in Midlands and Wales (43% to 28%) and London (42% to 32%). The Conservative lead over Labour in the South of England is now seven points (39% to 32%). In Scotland, the SNP is still way ahead of Labour (47% to 33%).

Approval

The budget did not provide any help to Prime Minister David Cameron, whose approval rating has fallen to a new low of 33 per cent. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also posted the worst numbers of his tenure, garnering the backing of only two-in-five Britons (20%).

There was no movement for Labour leader Ed Miliband, who once again is rated favourably by 29 per cent of respondents.

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CONTACT:

Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion
+877 730 3570
mario.canseco@angus-reid.com

Methodology: From April 12 to April 13, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 2,010 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of Great Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.