Gap closes between Labour and Conservatives in dramatic poll shift

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn poses on the seafront in Blackpool during General Election campaig

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn poses on the seafront in Blackpool during General Election campaigning. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The Tories have suffered from a massive shift in opinion as the gap between their party and Labour shrinks to just six points in a new Survation poll.

The poll showed Labour's support on 29% with 35% supporting the Conservatives, leaving the gap between the two parties at just 6%.

The survey was carried out when the election campaign formally began last week and showed Labour jumping 3% while the Tories climbed 1% since the end of October when the last survey was conducted.

While Labour have managed to squeeze the gap between their party and the current frontrunners, the Lib Dems and Brexit party both appear to have made losses with the Lib Dems on 17% and Brexit Party down two points to 10%.

The Greens are currently on one per cent and SNP four per cent.

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It suggests the smaller parties are seeing support lost to the two largest parties.

Age appears to be one of the largest factors in voter decision making, with 50% of 18-34 year-olds intend to vote for the Labour Party while 56% of people aged 65 and over intend to vote for the Tories.

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The polling is likely to be seen by Labour as a sign of encouragement, but it does not take into effect Nigel Farage's decision to stand down Brexit Party candidates in more than 300 seats.

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