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Britain's Conservatives trail Labour by 18 points, says Opinium poll

According to a recent opinion poll by Opinium Research, the opposition Labour Party now holds an 18-point lead over the governing Conservative Party, headed by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. This may have an impact on the upcoming national election, which is anticipated to take place later this year. The poll also suggests that Labour is projected to secure 43% of the vote, while the Conservatives are expected to garner 25%.

Reuters WORLD
Published May 18,2024

The opposition Labour Party's lead over British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's governing Conservative Party has increased to 18 points, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday.

A national election is expected later this year. The poll, conducted by Opinium Research, predicted Labour would take 43% of the vote, versus 25% for the Conservatives.

Its previous poll had given Labour a 16-point lead.

Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer are increasingly making the economy a pre-election battleground. Opinium underlined that Labour led across the board on economic issues, including on improving public services and running the economy.

Opinium said it had carried out an online survey of 2,029 UK adults from May 15 to 17.

A YouGov poll for the Times newspaper, published on May 9, put Labour's lead at 30 points.

The Conservatives have been in government, either in coalition or on their own, since 2010, with the tenure largely marked by Britain's vote to leave the European Union and controversy over the handling of the COVID crisis.

The country has had five different prime ministers in that time. ($1 = 0.7875 pounds)