Cameron’s Speech on EU Helps Cut Opposition’s Lead, Survey Shows

An increase in Conservative support has seen the U.K. opposition Labour Party’s lead over Prime Minister David Cameron’s party halved after his speech on Europe last week, according to a ComRes opinion poll for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror.

Support for Cameron’s Conservative Party has risen 5 points, to 33 percent, while Labour’s remains unchanged from last month on 39 percent, the poll shows. Support for the Liberal Democrats has increased 2 points, to 11 percent, while the U.K. Independence Party, which campaigns for an exit from the European Union, has seen its support fall by 4 points to 10 percent.

Asked how they would vote if a referendum were held on Britain’s membership in the EU, 43 percent of those polled said they were in favor of leaving, a decline of 3 points compared with a similar survey in May 2012. Support for the U.K. leaving the EU regardless of a vote has dropped by 10 points, to 33 percent.

The number of those who believe leaving the EU would be bad for the British economy in terms of lost jobs and trade has risen two points to 38 percent, according to ComRes.

ComRes interviewed 2,035 adults online between Jan. 23 and Jan. 25. The data was weighted to be demographically representative of all adults and by past vote recall.

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