An ICM Poll for the Guardian this morning makes interesting reading for members of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, it places the Tories at 38%, a four-point lead.
In addition to the voting intention section, participants were asked to rate the government’s performance out of 10 in several key areas:
“Labour scores 5.9 out of 10 on the economy, 5.2 on getting people off welfare and into work, and 5.3 on education. But confidence inside the party that the NHS will continue to be a vote winner for Labour is not reflected in the poll, with voters giving the party only 4.6 out of 10 for its record since 1997. Iraq, at 3.6 out of 10, and sleaze, 3.8, are both big weaknesses.”
Labour scored better than average in only 3 out of 11 areas. Iraq was always going to be a thorn in the party’s side but they have claimed in the past that they are the champions of public services. This is not borne out by the polls. Time for a change of leader? Not at all, similar questions were asked of an election with Gordon Brown at the helm and the Tories poll climbed to 40%.
Lib Dem 20%
Lib Dem 19%
Good news I think for those of us wanting a Land of Hope and Tory… I wonder what Polly makes of this.