The Conservative Party’s lead has dropped from seven to five points in the past month, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent. It suggests Labour would have 17 more seats than the Conservatives in a hung parliament.
ComRes also tested voters’ perceptions of Gordon Brown and David Cameron. It found they were neck and neck on the economy, with 43 per cent of people believing Mr Cameron has the right skills to lead Britain back to economic health and 42 per cent saying the same of Mr Brown. Some 45 per cent believe the Tory leader would reduce Britain’s debt if he wins the election, while fewer people (37 per cent) think Mr Brown would.
Mr Cameron (48 per cent) is seen as a strong leader by more voters than Mr Brown (43 per cent).
Allegations of bullying at Downing Street do not appear to have damaged the Prime Minister. One in five (20 per cent) of people say he is “an unpleasant bully” but 69 per cent do not, while 12 per cent think Mr Cameron is (and 78 per cent do not).
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