Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Findings will act as a reality check for Ukip which has ridden a wave of popular support over the last 18 months
More than half the electorate remains resolutely immune to the appeal of the UK Independence Party and has no intention of supporting it, according to a new survey.
The ComRes poll for The Independent found 51 per cent of voters did not believe Nigel Farage’s party offered a “realistic political vision”, while 54 per cent said they were not attracted by Ukip’s plain-speaking style.
The findings will act as a reality check for Ukip which has ridden a wave of popular support over the last 18 months and is battling it out with Labour for first place in the European parliamentary elections in five weeks’ time.
The ComRes survey also dashed George Osborne’s hopes of achieving a concerted boost for the Conservatives following his well received Budget last month.
It put the Conservatives on 30 per cent (down one point since last month), with Labour unchanged on 36 per cent. Liberal Democrat fortunes show no sign of recovery with the party languishing on nine per cent (unchanged).
Ukip support edged up by one point to 12 per cent following Nigel Farage’s two televised clashes with Nick Clegg, which snap polls of viewers concluded had been easily “won” by the Ukip leader.
However, despite the recent surge in the anti-EU party’s popularity, less than one third (32 per cent) of the public believed it offered a “realistic alternative political vision of Britain”, while 51 per cent held the opposite opinion.
There was greater sympathy for its outlook among Tory voters, 38 per cent of whom said Ukip had a realistic vision, than among Labour voters, only 26 per cent of whom took that view.
One third of voters (33 per cent) said they were attracted to Ukip “because they say what they think” with more than half (54 per cent) disagreeing.
Overall the electorate is divided on whether Ukip is a party of the far right, with 40 per cent agreeing and 38 per cent disagreeing. But Labour supporters regarded it as being on the far right by a majority of two to one (55 per cent to 28 per cent).
The suggestion that Mr Farage is a danger to Britain – an accusation levelled by opponents after he expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s leadership skills – is dismissed by voters by a majority of two to one (49 per cent to 24 per cent), with the remaining 27 per cent saying they did not know.
The findings on the parties’ popularity suggest the Tories’ recent modest recovery over the last year has stalled, possibly because of last week’s adverse publicity over the expenses claims of Maria Miller, the former Culture Secretary. Party strategists would have hoped for a sustained bounce in the polls following the Budget.
On a uniform swing, a six-point Labour lead would be enough to propel Ed Miliband into Downing Street with a large Commons majority of 74. The finding will steady Labour nerves, although many MPs believe it should be much further ahead in the polls to be certain of victory.
The Conservatives would lose 70 MPs, while Liberal Democrat representation would more than halve to 23 seats.
ComRes interviewed 1,000 adults by telephone between 11 and 13 April. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
- 1 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 2 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 3 Exclusive: Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse
- 4 Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
MH17 crash: Investigators discover more human remains and 'huge section of plane'
Susan Sarandon on David Bowie romance: 'He's worth idolising'
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Exclusive: Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
£600 - £650 per day: Orgtel: Conduct Risk Liaison Manager - Banking - London -...
Highly Attractive Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - COMMERCIAL LITIGATION - GLOBAL...
£65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: The client is a...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established software house ba...