“Most of these claims about polls etc. are wrong or ridiculous… In relation to the Liberal Democrats, it should be noted that three months after Paddy Ashdown became Leader the average Lib Dem poll rating was 8%. Three months after Charles Kennedy became Leader the average Lib Dem poll rating was 14%. Three months after Ming Campbell became Leader, the average Lib Dem poll rating is 20%.”
Some Labour comment makers refused to accept that the Tories are ahead on issues, but according to ICM the Tories now lead Labour by 2% as the party with the best policy on the NHS. That compares with a 14% Labour lead at the general election.
On education, Labour now lags behind the Conservatives by 2% versus a 10% Labour lead at the general election. As you’d expect the Tories lead on law and order and asylum and immigration in the wake of problems at the Home Office.