British PM's party losing support

2012-10-07 12:19

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party is trailing the Labour opposition by 14 points, a poll out Sunday found.

The YouGov poll in The Sunday Times newspaper put the centre-right Conservatives on 31%, going into their annual conference in Birmingham, central England, which kicks off on Sunday.

Labour were on 45%, with the centrist Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives' junior partners in the governing coalition, on eight percent and other parties on 15% combined.

Meanwhile an Opinium Research poll in The Observer newspaper put Labour on 41%, the Conservatives on 30%, the Lib Dems on nine and other parties on 20%.

Some 50% said they had an unfavourable view of Cameron, while 53% said they had an unfavourable view of finance minister George Osborne, the Opinium survey found.

When Conservative voters were asked who they would most prefer to replace Cameron as party leader, 35% said London Mayor Boris Johnson, while 20% said Foreign Secretary William Hague, a former leader.

Five percent said interior minister Theresa May, while 30% said they did not know.

Among Conservative supporters, Cameron leads on "tough decisions" (44%), "strong leadership" (45%) and "credible" (41%).

Meanwhile Johnson is the overwhelming choice for "able to inspire people" (53%) and "able to attract voters who might not normally support the Conservative Party" (62%).

YouGov questioned 1 782 people between Thursday and Friday. Opinium Research surveyed 1 965 British adults online from Tuesday to Thursday.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-07 12:43

    Democracy at work. If what you voted for does not deliver then give the other guy the opportunity to prove himself and that is mature politics.

  • delish7564 - 2012-10-07 13:16

    How quickly people forget why such austere measures have to be taken now which would make any Government unpopular. If it hadn't been for the previous Labour Govt. almost bankrupting the country, the UK might not be in this mess.....this was always going to be a no win situation for whoever took over :(

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-07 13:32

    What has happened since since 1983 is that the professional vote has been shared by the Conservatives, Nationalist and Liberals; before that it was all Conservative, partly in memory of Churchill. In addition Scotland returns 41 seats out of 59 for the Socialists; at the next election it will be 41 out of 52. The pendulum swing no longer operates; the electorate is more like a segmented orange.

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