Only two out of 10 people believe that Ed Miliband has what it takes to be a good prime minister, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent, while almost twice as many think that David Cameron has.
Labour also trails the Conservatives on economic trust. Asked whether they trust Mr Cameron and George Osborne to make the right decisions about the economy, 30 per cent agree and 62 per cent disagree. Meanwhile, 24 per cent say they trust Mr Miliband and Ed Balls, while 64 per cent do not.
Asked whether Mr Miliband has what it takes to be a good prime minister, 22 per cent agree and 63 per cent disagree. For Mr Cameron, the figures are 39 per cent and 52 per cent respectively.
Labour’s seven-point lead in the last ComRes survey for The Independent a month ago has dropped to just three points. The Liberal Democrats appear to have secured a bounce from their autumn conference last week.
Labour is now on 38 per cent (down four points on last month), the Conservatives on 35 per cent (no change), the Lib Dems on 15 per cent (up three points) and other parties on 12% (up one point). These figures would give Labour a majority of 24 at a general election fought on the existing constituency boundaries.
ComRes interviewed 1010 GB adults by telephone between 28th and 30th September 2012. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults and by past vote recall.