Labour stalls in the polls with Boris Johnson and the Tories holding a 12 point lead as the general election looms
- Labour Party has been making up ground in a number of polls in recent days
- But new Kantar survey suggests Labour’s progress has stalled at 32 per cent
- Meanwhile, Tories up one point to 44 per cent – good enough for a 12 point lead
Boris Johnson and the Tories hold a 12 point poll lead over Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party with the general election now just nine days away.
A new survey conducted by Kantar between November 28 and December 2 puts the Conservative Party on 44 per cent overall, a one per cent increase on the company’s last poll on November 26.
But while the Tories have edged forward, Labour has stalled with the party recording a rating of 32 per cent – the same as the last poll.
The numbers will cause alarm in Labour headquarters this morning as the party scrambles to try to overhaul Mr Johnson’s massive poll lead.
However, with time running out before the UK goes to the ballot box on December 12 the poll suggests a Labour victory is increasingly unlikely.
Boris Johnson and the Tories are 12 points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party in a new Kantar survey
The same poll puts the Liberal Democrats on 15 per cent – up one point on the previous survey – while the Brexit Party is down one point to two per cent.
The SNP is on three per cent, the Green Party is on three per cent and Plaid Cymru is on one per cent.
The poll conducted by Kantar also highlights the extent to which different age groups are divided over the election.
It suggests that if the election was limited to people under the age of 55 then Labour would have a narrow lead over the Tories, 39 per cent to 36 per cent.
But if it was limited to people over the age of 55 the Conservatives would have a 30 point lead over Labour, 53 per cent to 23 per cent.
In terms of the issues which are dictating how people intend to vote, four in ten (39 per cent) said Brexit is the most important thing while one in four (23 per cent) said it was the NHS.
On the issue of leadership the poll represents a significant boost for Mr Johnson.
When asked to choose between the current PM and Mr Corbyn as who would be the best leader for the UK, four in ten people said Mr Johnson and 22 per cent said the Labour chief.
Some 27 per cent chose neither man while 10 per cent said they did not know.
The Kantar poll came as a separate survey carried out by ICM Research gave the Tories a seven point lead over Labour.
Both of the main parties were up one point in the poll with the Conservative Party on 42 per cent and Labour trailing on 35 per cent.
Meanwhile, a separate ICM Research survey gives the Tories a seven point lead over Labour
The Lib Dems were unchanged on 13 per cent and Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party were down one point to three per cent.
The fieldwork for the ICM Research poll was conducted between November 29 and December 2 with the company’s previous survey conducted on November 25.
A massive YouGov poll published last week suggested the Tories were on course to win a 68 seat majority with the party set to pick up 44 seats from Labour’s crumbling ‘red wall’ in Leave-voting areas.
Len McCluskey, a leading ally of Mr Corbyn, admitted in an interview published yesterday that Labour’s Leave-voting heartlands could be the party’s ‘Achilles’ heel’ at the election.
The general secretary of the Unite union suggested Labour’s stance of staying neutral on Brexit while offering a second referendum was problematic in areas in the north of England and Midlands which voted to Leave the EU in 2016.
He also admitted the party will need to address concerns held by some would-be Labour voters about Mr Corbyn’s leadership if the party is to emerge victorious later this month.