An ICM poll for today’s News of the World gives David Cameron’s Conservative Party a 4% lead over Labour.
Perhaps as notable is the 20% rating for the LibDems. Echoing the message of BPIX and Populus surveys, this is the lowest LibDem rating for three years. The Labour vote is stable compared to last May’s General Election. Tory gains are largely at the expense of the LibDems. Simon Hughes, the new favourite to succeed Charles Kennedy, tells today’s Observer that he wants to drop his party’s 50% top rate of tax policy.
The same survey also finds widespread public disillusionment towards Labour’s Respect Agenda. 67% of those questioned by ICM expected Mr Blair’s latest proposals to make no difference to levels of anti-social behaviour. 30% expected the measures to make life better.