Labour extends opinion poll lead

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Published: Sunday 16th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Labour has extended its poll lead to four points but just one in five people can imagine Ed Miliband as prime minister, according to a poll.

The survey put Labour on 34%, unchanged from last month despite infighting within the Opposition ranks and speculation about Mr Miliband’s leadership, with the Tories down one point on 30%.

The ComRes study for the Sunday Mirror and Independent on Sunday put Ukip on 19%, the Liberal Democrats up one point on 8% and the Green Party down one point on 3%.

The proportion of people who said they could imagine Mr Miliband in No 10 has fallen to 20%, down from 25% 12 months ago, with those disagreeing up six points on 59%.

Only 50% of Labour voters said they could imagine Mr Miliband as prime minister, a fall of nine points compared to November 2013.

Almost a quarter (24%) of Lib Dem voters said they could imagine the Labour leader in No 10.

Some 29% of those asked trusted the Labour leader to stand up for working people, compared with 22% for David Cameron.

Some 50% expect Mr Cameron to make deep cuts to public services if he is in No 10 after the 2015 election, compared with 24% for Mr Miliband.

With the prospect of a Channel 4 spoof documentary about Ukip being broadcast next year, the poll asked who should play the main party leaders on screen from a selection of popular actors.

The most popular choice for Mr Cameron was Hugh Grant – who played a prime minister in Love Actually – with 18% of the vote, ahead of Colin Firth on 17%.

Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson was the choice of 27% of people to play the Labour leader and 21% of people to play Nigel Farage.

Nick Clegg – whose wife Miriam suggested earlier this month should be played on screen by George Clooney – was also earmarked as a role for Grant (17%).

:: ComRes interviewed 2,000 British adults online between November 12 and 14. Data was weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults and by past vote recall.

Published: Sunday 16th November 2014 by The News Editor

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