Voters see the Conservatives as more right wing than the UK Independence Party, according to a ComRes opinion poll for the Sunday Mirror and The Independent on Sunday. The poll asked people to locate themselves and political parties and leaders on a spectrum ranging from 0, very left wing, to 10, very right wing, with 5 in the centre.
UKIP's average score was 6.6, as was Nigel Farage's, while the Conservative Party was 6.9 and David Cameron was 6.8. The average voter places him or herself just to the right of centre, at 5.3. Nick Clegg is on 5.1, the Liberal Democrats are at 4.9, and Labour and Ed Miliband are on 4.1.
The findings suggest that Labour attempts to portray UKIP as "more Thatcherite than Thatcher" have not worked, and may help to explain why UKIP is attractive to some disaffected Labour voters.
Labour’s lead in the poll stands at one:
Lab 34% (0)
Con 33% (+3)
UKIP 18% (-1)
Lib Dem 8% (0)
Green 2% (-1)
Changes since last month in brackets.
"Politicians and political ideas and opinions are often described as being on a left-right political spectrum, being either on the left or on the right, or being left wing or right wing. On a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is very left wing, 10 is very right wing, and 5 is in the centre, where roughly would you put each of the following ...?"
Prince Charles is seen as slightly to the right of the average voter, while Russell Brand is seen as the most left wing of the people and parties tested.The most popular leading politician to have a meal or spend Christmas with is Boris Johnson (43% and 44% respectively), while Nick Clegg is the least popular (10% and 11% respectively).
However, Ed Miliband performs better on social issues, with a quarter of Britons (26%) saying that they would most like him to give advice to the poor on how to feed themselves and a third (33%) try to improve living standards for working people.
Johnson appears to be significantly more popular than Cameron among Labour and UKIP voters too. Almost two in five of each (36% and 39%) say that they would most like to have a meal with the Mayor of London and only one in twenty with the Prime Minister (4% and 6% respectively).
Labour voters are more likely to pick Ed Miliband as their choice to run the country (72%), try to improve living standards for working people (76%) or give advice to the poor (60%) than have a meal with him (42%), spend Christmas with him (43%) or have him on their pub quiz team (34%).
However, those who intend to vote for the Conservatives are even less likely to say that they would most like to have a meal with Ed Miliband (3%) and those who intend to vote for Labour with David Cameron (4%).