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U.K.’s Liberal Democrats Have Sacrificed Principles, Survey Says

Seven out of 10 people who supported the Liberal Democrats in the 2010 election say the party has abandoned too many of its principles since joining forces with the Conservatives, a survey of voters has found.

More than half of those who voted for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s party say it has almost no influence on government policy, while only two in five say they would vote for the Liberal Democrats again, according to a survey by ComRes on behalf of The Independent newspaper.

Most voters, at 56 percent, think the coalition government is incompetent, compared with 27 percent who disagree. According to the survey, 67 percent say Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne are out of touch with ordinary people.

The poll gives the Labour party a five-point lead over the Tories at 39 percent versus 34 percent while the Liberal Democrats were at 10 percent. Still, Labour leader Ed Miliband is the least liked of the three leaders. While 45 percent say they like the party, only 21 percent like its leader. Among Labour supporters, 54 percent said they like the party and dislike Miliband.

ComRes, a member of the British Polling Council, interviewed 2,015 Britons between April 25 and April 27. The results were weighted to be demographically representative.

To contact the reporter on this story: Trista Kelley in London at tkelley2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Phil Serafino at pserafino@bloomberg.net

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