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Nigel Farage Sees Support For Ukip Slip By A Third According To ICM Opinion Poll

12/06/2013 06:08 BST | Updated 11/08/2013 10:12 BST
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UKIP leader Nigel Farage arrives in Westminster after a successful night in the local council elections last night.

Support for Ukip has faded just a month after a surge of popularity for the party in last month's council elections, a new poll has suggested.

Nigel Farage's party dropped from an 18% spike during the election period to 12% in the new poll by ICM Research for The Guardian, although it is still three points above its previous highs.

Labour's popularity has increased by two points to 36%, putting it 7% higher than the Conservatives who have gained one point.

The Liberal Democrats are now neck-and-neck with Ukip, after a rise of 1%.

David Cameron and George Osborne maintain a nine-point lead over Ed Miliband and Ed Balls as the most trusted team for economic management, the paper reported.

But less than half of those questioned said they believed Mr Cameron had the backing of his party following months of infighting, compared to 62% at the end of last year.

The Guardian said that ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1,002 adults by phone between June 7 and 9.