Gordon Brown support slumps to record low

London, May 30 | Updated: May 31 2008, 06:53am hrs
British Prime Minister Gordon Browns leadership came under further pressure on Friday with an opinion poll indicating that support for his Labour Party has slumped to a record low since 1943, enough to ensure a landslide victory for Tories.

The YouGov survey, the first after the Labours drubbing in local elections earlier this month followed by a Parliamentary by-election defeat, put Labour on 23 points and the Conservatives on 47 - a Tory lead of 24 points. If the result is repeated in a general election due in June next year, the Conservative leader David Cameron will achieve a landslide victory, the survey for the Daily

Telegraph claimed. In the last month Labour has fallen three points despite handing out a tax cut to 22 million people in a bid to calm public anger over the abolition of the 10p tax band. The Conservatives have risen three points.

The Liberal Democrats are on 18 points. It is the lowest level of support for Labour since pollsters Gallup first asked people to declare their voting intention in 1943.

Brown and Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, are under pressure to postpone Octobers planned 2 pence increase in fuel duty and to look again at plans to increase car tax.

Asked who would make the best Prime Minister, 39 per cent of the people polled said David Cameron, a rise of seven per cent on last month. Only 17 per cent opted for Brown, down two per cent from April.

Three quarters of people are now dissatisfied with the government and only 15 per cent are satisfied with Brown. This is the same figure that John Major polled during his darkest days as Conservative Prime Minister in the early 1990s.

Conservative party polled 44 per cent in the local elections to Labours 24 and in Crewe last week took 49 per cent of the vote to Labours 31.

The peoples lack of faith in the leadership of Brown comes as he faces a number of challenges including trying to persuade Labour rebels not to vote against his plan to allow police to detain terror suspects for 42 days as against 28 days at present.

YouGov surveyed 2,240 people between May 27 and 29.

PTI