Ukip drains support from rivals, with gains in latest Observer/Opinium poll

Ukip drains support from rivals, with gains in latest Observer/Opinium poll

Ukip’s score of 20% suggests voters have not been deterred by gaffes or claims some of its members are racists.

Ukip has maintained its recent surge and now commands 20% of the national vote, according to the latest Observer/Opinium poll.

Nigel Farage’s party is now just nine points behind the Conservatives with less than a fortnight to go before council and European elections.

Labour, on 33% (-1 point compared to a fortnight ago), has stretched its lead to four points lead over the Tories (who are down three points). Low scores for both the main parties suggest Ukip (up two points) is draining votes from the two biggest established parties. The Lib Dems are up two points on 9%.

Ukip’s score of 20% is its highest since last summer’s Opinium record of 21% and suggests voters have not been deterred in large numbers by a series of gaffes and claims that some of its members are racists.

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