Monday, 18 September 2017

A summary of the latest polls



Here is a summary of the opinion polls released over the last couple of months.



Lab
Con
LDem
UKIP
Wednesday, 13 September, 2017
YouGov
42
41
7
3
Sunday, 10 September, 2017
ICM
42
42
7
4
Wednesday, 6 September, 2017
YouGov
42
41
6
4
Wednesday, 6 September, 2017
Survation
43
38
7
4
Tuesday, 29 August, 2017
ICM
42
42
7
3
Sunday, 20 August, 2017
Opinium
43
40
6
4
Friday, 4 August, 2017
YouGov
44
41
7

Thursday, 20 July, 2017
Ipsos MORI
42
41
9

Sunday, 16 July, 2017
Opinium
43
41
5
5
Sunday, 16 July, 2017
Survation
41
39
8
6






average

42.4
40.6
6.9
4.1


These show fairly consistent numbers, although the most recent Survation poll shows a generous Labour lead. Looking at the averages there is a small lead for Labour.

With a hung Parliament one has to be alive to the possibility of another snap election; if nothing else, Theresa May faces many obstacles that could result in defeat in the lobbies of the Commons.

Another election would likely see another hung Parliament. Labour’s small lead would likely evaporate as the norm is for Governments to improve over the short campaign (which makes the Tory’s throwing away of a twenty point lead in June all the more remarkable).

I cannot imagine the Tories wanting to take the risk of another General Election just yet, and I cannot see why Labour would want one just yet either. Jeremy Corbyn will want to open up a much bigger lead, and he must hope that the delicate and difficult Brexit negotiations will provide enough banana skins for the Tories to slip up on.

I have no special insight, but cannot see this Government lasting all the way to 2022. However, I can see them surviving some time yet, and I favour May 2021 as the most probable date for the next General Election. Labour should win that one, if for no other reason than I can see some very choppy economic waters up ahead.

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