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UK: Labor Party has 19-point lead in Opinum polls
The British opposition Labour Party has maintained its lead over the ruling Conservative Party in recent opinion polls. An Opinum poll over the weekend showed that the Labour Party has a 19-point lead over the Conservatives.
An opinion poll by market research firm Opinum Saturday showed that the Labour Party has a 19-point lead over the Conservative Party ahead of the Conservative Party’s annual conference.
The poll by Opinum is the latest to show the growing lead the Labour Party now has following the September 23 fiscal report by finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng that showed unfunded tax cuts and forced the Bank of England to intervene.
2,000 British adults took the survey by Opinum between September 28 and September 30. The survey showed that support for the Labour Party went up to 46 percent, which is a seven percentage point since the last poll that was done from August 31 to September 2. Support for Conservatives also dropped by the same seven percentage points to 27 percent.
Around 55 percent of respondents disapproved of Prime Minister Liz Truss’s job performance compared to 18 percent of respondents that approved, with a negative net approval rating of 37 percent.
“Liz Truss has managed to reach the depths of the poor personal ratings of both Theresa May and Boris Johnson at the end of their tenure, within weeks of taking office and within days of her government’s first major action,” said Opinum policy and public affairs head James Crouch.
Compared to the Opinum poll, a YouGov poll reported Thursday last week showed the Labour Party has a 33-point lead over Conservatives, marking a record high for the party since the late 1990s. The poll conducted between Wednesday and Thursday last week showed 54 percent supporting Labour while 21 percent supporting Conservatives in a survey of over 1,700 British adults.
Another YouGov poll made in the same week showed that 45 percent of voters are favoring Labour compared to 28 percent that support Conservatives. The surge in poll numbers for Labour followed Truss’s defense of her economic plan to restart growth following the tax cuts that were unveiled the week prior.