Nigel Farage is weirder than Ed Milband and David Cameron is out of touch, say voters
Nick Clegg also fared badly in a survey about the four leaders
Monday 30 June 2014
Nigel Farage is seen as weirder than Ed Miliband, even after the bacon sandwich incident, according to a poll of voters in marginal seats.
There were mixed results for the Prime Minister, who was seen as out of touch with ordinary people but also as the most intelligent out of leaders from the four main parties.
A third of people said David Cameron was competent and the most “statesmanlike”, while a quarter thought he had the right policies for Britain’s future.
Mr Miliband was just a few points behind on policy but fared badly on the personal front.
More than 32 per cent of people questioned described the Labour leader as “weird” and more thought he was out of touch, although almost as many thought he was intelligent.
Only one in 10 thought he was the most statesmanlike, while a fifth thought he was competent.
Mr Farage topped the weirdness stakes with 40 per cent of people saying he was strange but the Ukip leader scored badly on competence, policies, trustworthiness, intelligence and seeming statesmanlike.
Not many people likened themselves to the political leaders but Mr Farage topped the chart, with 14 per cent of respondents saying he came across as someone like them.
Nick Clegg showed little sign of recovery from the Liberal Democrats' disastrous local and European election results, scoring as out of touch and being viewed worst for trustworthiness, policy and competency.
ComRes questioned more than 1,000 adults in the 40 most marginal constituencies, where little separated Labour and the Conservatives in the last general election.
A poll showed Labour holds a five-point lead over the Tories, while the Ukip were supported by 17 per cent of voters and the Liberal Democrats languished in fifth place, behind “other”, on 7 per cent.
Andrew Hawkins, the chairman of ComRes, said: “Despite talk of the polls narrowing in favour of the Conservatives, this poll shows that in the seats which really matter Labour remain stubbornly in front.
“To have any prospect of staying in power, David Cameron has to persuade voters that he and his party understand the needs and concerns of ordinary people.”
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Israel-Gaza conflict: The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The missiles were tragically real
Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
Syria conflict: Syrian and Turkish Kurds unite to battle Isis threat - ‘We shoot them like sheep, but next day double the number return’
Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star, dies aged 45
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
£21804 - £31868 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a qualified ...
£21804 - £31868 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: We are urgently for ...
£21804 - £31868 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you an experienc...
£26000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful international media organ...