New survey puts Farage's Ukip at all-time high
ComRes poll sees Lib Dems sink to new low and Ukip make gains from scandal-hit Tories
A NEW poll puts Ukip at their highest ever position and the Liberal Democrats at an all-time low.
The ComRes poll for the Independent on Sunday puts Nigel Farage’s party on 20 per cent, up four points from last month. It is believed that Ukip has benefitted from the scandal over Maria Miller’s expenses and allegations that MPs exist in a 'sexminster' culture.
The Tories have been hit by both scandals and are down three points to 29 per cent, their lowest rating this year. In further bad news for the government, some 62 per cent of voters said David Cameron had shown “serious lack of leadership” over his handling of the Maria Miller affair.
However, the Liberal Democrats will feel the most concerned by the poll. It put them two points down on last month at an all-time low of seven per cent. The contrasting fortune of Clegg and Farage’s parties in the survey follow the latter’s victory in the second EU debate last month.
Labour remain unchanged at 35% in the poll. Under current constituency boundaries, Labour would win a majority of 74 seats if the results were reflected in a general election.
However, when it comes to the economy respondents gave both the Tories and Labour a thumbs-down. 50 per cent said that, despite the economic upturn, their personal finances are in a worse place than in 2010.
Yet George Osborne is seen as twice as likely to bring about full employment as Ed Balls if he were chancellor – 27 per cent of voters versus 14per cent.