But polls show Con­ser­va­tives still on course for vic­tory

New Straits Times - - World -

THREE polls on Satur­day showed a rise in sup­port for the op­po­si­tion Labour party, al­though the gov­ern­ing Con­ser­va­tive party main­tained a com­mand­ing lead.

The polls showed that the party of Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May re­mained be­tween 11 and 17 points ahead of Labour, still enough to de­liver a clear vic­tory as she seeks a man­date ahead of ne­go­ti­a­tions over Brexit, due to be­gin in the sum­mer.

How­ever, polls showed the gap had closed from leads of up to 25 points re­ported last week­end.

A YouGov poll showed the Con­ser­va­tive lead over Labour had fallen to 13 points, com­pared with the 23 points that the same polling firm found last week.

The YouGov poll for the Sun­day Times found that 44 per cent were set to back the Con­ser­va­tives, down from 48 per cent last week­end.

Sup­port for Labour climbed to 31 per cent from 25 per cent. May said on April 11 that she wanted to hold an elec­tion on June 8 to se­cure a man­date for her plan for leav­ing the Euro­pean Union.

She has sought to por­tray her Con­ser­va­tive party as the sta­ble op­tion as Bri­tain pre­pares to start ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU over the terms of its de­par­ture.

A fur­ther tight­en­ing in poll rat­ings might gen­er­ate more un­cer­tainty over what Bri­tain’s po­si­tion will be when it be­gins ne­go­ti­a­tions next month.

How­ever, de­spite the nar­row­ing gap, poll­sters were divided over whether sup­port for the Con­ser­va­tives was fall­ing.

An ear­lier poll by Opinium showed that sup­port for the Con­ser­va­tives had risen two points. Reuters

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