Ukip 'Most Favourably Regarded Party' Ahead Of Tories, Labour And Lib Dem Says Independent Poll

Even though people might not be intending to vote Ukip, a new survey suggests they still hold them in higher regard than all of the other main parties.

A ComRes opinion poll for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror found 27 per cent said that they had a "favourable” view of them but only 19 per cent would vote for UKIP in a general election.

This is just ahead of the 26 per cent who are favourable to the Labour Party, 25 per cent to the Conservative Party and 14 per cent to the Liberal Democrats.

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Ukip is also the party regarded least unfavourably: 38% have an "unfavourable view" of it, compared with 45% for Labour, 49% for the Lib Dems and 50% for the Conservatives.

Voting intention:

Con 30% +1

Lab 35% -1

LibDem 8% ±0

UKIP 19% +1

OtheR 8% -1

Most favourable: party

UKIP 27%

Labour 26% -2 since June 2013

Con 25% +2

LibDem 14%

There's more bad news for Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg too - when asked which party leader do you view more favourably, Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, came second behind David Cameron.

Most favourable: leaders

David Cameron 27% +4

Nigel Farage 22%

Ed Miliband 18% -2

Nick Clegg 13%

One possible explanation for the discrepancy between voting intention and view of each party could be Nigel Farage is seen as more genuine than the other leader though people don't necessarily agree with his views.

It will worry the Conservatives that 23% of people saying they would currently vote for them say that they are favourable towards UKIP.

Nor would it be easy to persuade current UKIP supporters to vote Conservative: 59% say that they are unfavourable towards the Prime Minister, and 55% say they are unfavourable towards the Conservative Party generally.

Other findings in the poll included:

Middle-class families have become worse off under the Coalition Government than they would have been under Labour

Agree 37%

Disagree 27%

Don't know 36%

Middle-class families would be worse off if Ed Miliband becomes prime minister in 2015 than if David Cameron is re-elected

Agree 33%

Disagree 26%

Don't know 40%

Ed Miliband is an old-style left-winger

Agree 28%

Disagree 26%

Don't know 46%

Boris Johnson would make a better prime minister than Theresa May

Agree 29%

Disagree 27%

Don't know 45%

Theresa May would make a better prime minister than Boris Johnson

Agree 24%

Disagree 29%

Don't know 47%

Public spending

George Osborne is right to seek a further £12 billion in public spending cuts through reducing welfare benefits

Agree 35%

Disagree 40%

Don’t know 25%

Scottish independence

Scotland should be an independent country

Agree 23% -10 since May 2011

Disagree 49% +7

Don’t know 28% +3

Of the respondents from Scotland, n=187, one third (32% -6) agree that Scotland should be an independent country, while half (49% +3) disagree.


There is too much bad language on TV and in films

Agree 50%

Disagree 35%

Don’t know 15%

:: ComRes interviewed 2,029 British adults online on 15 and 16 January.

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