The Ipsos-MORI survey is published here. The headline figure shows the Tories 7% ahead but more interesting is the finding that 55% of voters expect the economy to deteriorate over the next year. 31% think it will stay the same. Just 9% think it will get better.
This new anxiety explains why the Conservatives are talking more about the economy – as with mortgage lending this morning.
Only 5% think the economy is the number one issue, however. 28% think race relations and immigration is the top issue of concern. Second in the league table of concerns is crime and anti-social behaviour (16%). Defence and terrorism is next with 10%. The NHS fourth with 8%.