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U.K. Labour Lead Falls to 3 Points as Miliband Ratings Slide

Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. opposition Labour Party’s lead over Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives has narrowed to 3 percentage points from 10 points, according to an Ipsos MORI poll published today.

Labour is on 37 percent among those “absolutely certain to vote” versus 40 percent a month ago, while the Conservatives are on 34 percent compared with 30 percent, the survey of 1,000 adults found.

When asked if they were satisfied with the way Labour leader Ed Miliband is “doing his job as leader of the Labour Party,” 24 percent said they were and 60 percent said they were dissatisfied. When asked how Cameron is doing as prime minister, 56 percent were dissatisfied and 36 percent were satisfied.

“Ed Miliband’s satisfaction ratings have fallen from 40 percent at the end of last year,” Ipsos MORI’s head of political research, Gideon Skinner, said in an analysis posted on the polling company’s website. “David Cameron maintains his lead on key prime ministerial qualities on being capable and good in a crisis, although remains vulnerable on being seen as out of touch.”

The poll found that 70 percent think Cameron is “out of touch with ordinary people,” compared with 49 percent for Miliband. Cameron was rated “good in a crisis” by 47 percent. Only 20 percent said the same of Miliband.

The poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 7-9. No margin of error was given.

A YouGov Plc poll of 1,579 voters for the Sun newspaper on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 published today had Labour on 39 percent, the Conservatives on 33 percent and the Liberal Democrats on 9 percent. No margin of error was given.

To contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Penny in London at tpenny@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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