December 20, 2006
BETTER HAVE AN ELECTION BEFORE THE WAR ENDS:
Tories at their strongest for 14 years - poll (Julian Glover, December 20, 2006, Guardian)
David Cameron has led his party to its strongest sustained position in 14 years according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today, which shows the Conservatives have extended their lead over Labour to eight points at the end of the new Tory leader's first year in office.Posted by Orrin Judd at December 20, 2006 9:09 AM
The poll puts the Conservatives on 40%, three points up on last month's Guardian/ICM result. Labour remain on 32% while the Liberal Democrats fall four points to 18%, their lowest rating in a Guardian poll since the summer.
The result underlines the big shift in public opinion that has taken place since Mr Cameron took over in December last year. Since then the Conservatives have averaged 37% in the Guardian/ICM series, four points ahead of Labour, which has averaged 33%. That is Labour's lowest annual average since 1992, the year that the Conservatives last won a general election.