Labour Popularity Reaches Nine-Year High

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Ed Miliband's party is riding high in the polls
Ed Miliband's party is riding high in the polls

Support for Labour has reached its highest level for nine years as backing for the Conservatives has slumped dramatically, according to a new poll.

Ed Miliband's party has seen its poll rating rise by four points in the past month to 41%, a figure last enjoyed by Labour during Iain Duncan Smith's ill-fated leadership of the Tories, Monday's ICM survey for the Guardian found.

Labour's fortunes have risen as support for the Tories has fallen by six points to 33%. Mr Cameron's three-point lead a month ago has been replaced by an eight-point lead for Mr Miliband.

Liberal Democrat support is unchanged on 15%.

ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1,000 adults by telephone on 20-22 April.

A second poll also released on Monday night put Labour 13 points ahead of Tories. The YouGov survey for The Sun showed Labour on 45%, the Tories on 32% and the Lib Dems on 8%.

YouGov interviewed 1,651 British adults on 22-23 April.