Conservatives Remain at 40% as General Election Nears in Britain

Vision Critical: The year 2010 begins with Britain’s main political parties maintaining the same numbers they garnered in the last month of 2009, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll conducted in cooperation with has found.

Voting Intention
Across Great Britain, 40 per cent of decided voters and leaners would support the Conservative candidate in their constituency if a General Election were held tomorrow.  The governing Labour Party remains in second place with 24 per cent, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 20 per cent.
The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) is fourth with seven per cent, followed by the British National Party (BNP) at four per cent (unchanged), and the Green Party with three per cent (unchanged).
Regional Breakdowns
The Conservatives have hit the 50 per cent mark in the South of England, where support for Labour fell to 15 per cent, six points behind the Lib-Dems. In Scotland, Labour is ahead of the Scottish National Party (SNP) by 13 points (34% to 21%).
Other Demographics
The Conservatives hold an 14-point lead among male voters, and a 19-point advantage among female voters. The Tories are also ahead among voters aged 55 and over (46% to 21% for Labour).
The governing party is once again leading the Lib-Dems among voters aged 18 to 34 (26% to 21%), but almost two-in-five in this group (37%) will support the Conservatives.
Preferred Prime Minister
Respondents were asked who they would prefer to have as Prime Minister if the choices came down to Conservative leader David Cameron and five Labour politicians.
Cameron holds a substantial advantage over current Prime Minister and Labour leader Gordon Brown (58%-42%). The lead for the Tory leader is larger in contests against Jack Straw and David Miliband (61%-39% on both occasions), Alan Johnson (62%-38%) and Harriet Harman (68%-32%).