The September 2012 Guardian Poll shows reveals a yawning 10-point lead for Labour, making it the first double digit lead since Iain Duncan-Smith was leading the Tories back in May 2003. Labour have slipped through the critical 40% ceiling (41%) compared to the Tories 31% and Lib Dems 14% share.
Nick Clegg has been under fire as LD leader of late, having apologised this week for his party’s broken pledge on tuition fees. In a test of LD electability under the popular Vince Cable, the LD share surged up five points (19%) with three from Labour and one from the Tories and assorted other parties.
The poll also looked at trust in the police (post Hillsborough disaster report), criminal justice system and the government. It also found that there is belief in the ability of the up-coming Police & Crime Commissioners to improve the quality of policing, despite apparent low interest in the November elections.
Finally the poll found that the government is perceived to be drifing to the right (27%), but with most people still thinking it sits in the centre ground of British politics.
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