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Poll shows Brown's woes increasing

By unknown | Dec 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LONDON - British prime minister Gordon Brown slipped behind his opposition Conservatives in an opinion poll published yesterday, a new blow to hopes that his economic stimulus plan would revive his political fortunes.

The Ipsos Mori poll for the Observer newspaper showed the conservatives stretching their lead to 11 points.

An ICM survey for the Guardian newspaper on Saturday had given the Conservatives a 15-point lead.

The two polls are in sharp contrast to a YouGov poll on Wednesday, which said Brown had actually cut the Conservative lead to just four points.

The Ipsos survey was conducted two days after the government announced plans for a 20billion pound (R308billion) package to boost the economy, including a temporary cut in VAT to 15percent.

It put David Cameron's Conservative Party on 43 points, up three, and Brown's ruling Labour Party down five to 32 points.

The lead, if repeated at an election, would give the Conservatives a substantial parliamentary majority. Brown does not have to go to the electorate until 2010.

To add to Brown's woes, the survey also showed that only 6percent of respondents would spend more after the VAT cut, while 26percent said they would reduce purchases. - Reuters


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