Labour lead on Tories narrows to one point in latest Observer/Opinium poll

Labour lead on Tories narrows to one point in latest Observer/Opinium poll

Ukip stands at 19% in poll that also shows half of voters wanting the government to intervene to prevent housing bubble.

Labour’s lead over the Conservatives has narrowed to just one point according to the latest Opinium/Observer poll, while Ukip stands firm at near record levels.

Labour is unchanged on 33%, the Tories are up three points on 32%, Ukip is down one point on 19%, and Lib Dems have dropped by two points to stand on just 7%.

The poll confirms the recent overall trend, which has seen Labour’s lead over the Tories cut markedly since early in the year. The one-point lead is the equal lowest Opinium has recorded in its series with the Observer, which began in 2012.

While the Tories will be pleased by the narrowing of the gap with Labour, the party’s inability to push its own tally up higher to a point where it could entertain the prospect of an overall Commons majority will be a worry, particularly after a rush of good economic news.

Labour’s score will fuel discontent over its performance, and that of its leader, Ed Miliband, after less than impressive local election results.


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