01/04/2012 02:54 BST | Updated 31/05/2012 06:12 BST

Opinion Polls Say Tories Are Out Of Touch, Labour Has Nine Point Lead

Voters believe the Government has lost touch with ordinary people and overwhelmingly blame ministers for triggering panic-buying of petrol, according to an opinion poll today.

The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror found almost three-quarters - 72% - said the coalition was "out of touch with ordinary people".

Four out of five of those questioned said that ministers had caused an unnecessary panic over the threat of a strike by tanker drivers.

The findings will make grim reading for David Cameron after a week in which ministers have come under sustained attack for the Budget, the fuel crisis, and Downing St dinners for wealthy donors.

The poll found 71% believed Chancellor George Osborne had been wrong to extend VAT to hot pies and pasties while 64% disagreed with the so-called "granny tax" - scrapping age-related allowances for the over-65s.

Meanwhile, a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times put the current state of the parties at 42% for Labour, up two on last week, and 33% for the Conservatives, down two from last week.

The Liberal Democrats are down one on 8% and other parties are on 17%, the survey found.