Big boost for Nick Clegg in the daily poll

Big boost for Nick Clegg in the daily poll

YouGov daily poll (The Sun) Mar 9 Mar 8
LABOUR 32% 34%
LIB DEMS 20% 16%
LAB to CON swing from 2005 3.5% 4%

But why have the Tories and Labour gone down?

Inevitably the daily poll is going to throw up some odd quirks and this evening we see big moves by all the main parties.

As far as I can see the reason that the Lib Dems have moved is that Nick Clegg got a lot of coverage yesterday evening for a speech in which he accused Cameron trying to stoke up fears of “economic meltdown” if the Tories do not win the general election. The third party has a long history of getting poll boosts when the media pays them attention.

Apart from that both the Tories and Labour have taken hits and the blue team won’t be very comfortable to be down at just 36% – or just three points up on what Michael Howard achieved in 2005.

Let’s see what YouGov produces tomorrow.

  • I’ve been in touch with Peter Kellner about the discrepancy in the published figures and the detailed data from last night’s poll. It seems like it was just a cock-up.
  • Mike Smithson

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