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07/05/2014 08:37 BST | Updated 07/05/2014 08:59 BST

UK General Election: With One Year To Go, Is It Too Close To Call?

One year from today, the country will go to the polls to give its verdict on the coalition's performance and decide on the UK's next government – so, as the final countdown is launched, what's the current verdict?

Labour and the Conservatives are apparently almost neck and neck in the polls after a surge in Tory support, according to the latest research.

But unfortunately for the Prime Minister, nearly half the population believe he is failing at his job – including more than a quarter of those who backed him at the polls in 2010. Additionally, 51% of voters don't think Ed Miliband would be any good in the job either.

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Polling one year out from the next general election puts the Opposition on 34%, with the Tories up five points on last month to 33%.

According to the study by Survation for the Daily Mirror and Good Morning Britain, Ukip are on 18% and the Liberal Democrats are on 8%, both down two points.

Asked who they would support in a direct vote, Cameron was backed by 26%, the Labour leader 23%, Ukip's Nigel Farage 14% and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg 7%.

But in perhaps a stark illustration of the political apathy in the UK, two million young people have absolutely no intention of voting in next year’s general election at all, a separate study found.

In total 3.3million people will be eligible to vote for the first time in 2015 – but only 41% are actually planning to have their say at the ballot box.

Labour leads the way with 40% of the youth vote followed by the Tories with 25% and Ukip with 12%.

Disillusioned 17 to 21-year-olds think politicians are more interested in big business, pensioners, and... celebrities.

In more bad news for Nick Clegg and Farage - a separate report found young people believe Jeremy Clarkson,Russell Brand and Alan Sugar would make better prime ministers.

The YouGov poll for the think-tank British Future found Ed Miliband topped the survey on 17%.

Ukip leader, Farage, gained a lowly 9% and poor old Clegg only managed 6%.

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In contrast, Clarkson polled nearly double at 11% and Brand and Sugar both scored 12%.

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