Tories Keep Double-Digit Lead in Britain

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The opposition Conservative Party remains ahead of its rivals in Britain, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 40 per cent of respondents would support the Tories in this year’s general election, up two points in a week.

The governing Labour party is second with 26 per cent, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 18 per cent. 16 per cent of respondents would vote for other parties.

In June 2007, Gordon Brown officially became Labour leader and prime minister, replacing Tony Blair. Brown had worked as chancellor of the exchequer. Blair served as Britain’s prime minister since May 1997, winning majority mandates in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 elections to the House of Commons.

Since December 2005, David Cameron has been the leader of the Conservative party. In December 2007, current parliamentarian Nick Clegg became the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

On Feb. 18, Cameron vowed to implement tougher guidelines for advertisers, saying, “You can’t cut children off from the commercial world, of course you can’t, but we should be able to help parents more in terms of trying to make sure that our children get a childhood and that they are not subject to unnecessary and inappropriate commercialization and sexualization too young.”

The next election to the House of Commons must be held on or before Jun. 3. Sitting prime ministers can dissolve Parliament and call an early ballot at their discretion.

Polling Data

If a General Election were held tomorrow, which one of the following parties would you be most likely to support in your constituency? – Decided Voters with Leaners

Feb. 17 Feb. 10 Jan. 27 Jan. 10
Conservative 40% 38% 40% 40%
Labour 26% 25% 24% 24%
Liberal Democrats 18% 20% 19% 20%
Other 16% 16% 17% 17%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 2,002 British adults, conducted on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17, 2010. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)

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