Pollwatch Day 16 #GE2010 – Lib Dems remain in 1st or 2nd place with 27-32% in today’s polls

by Stephen Tall on April 21, 2010

Five new polls reported tonight – and, yet again, the Lib Dem surge is holding up:

    Ipsos MORI for Reuters … CON 32%(-3), LAB 28%(-2), LIB DEM 32%(+11)
    Harris in Metro … CON 31%(-5), LAB 26%(-1), LIB DEM 30%(+7)
    YouGov in the Sun … CON 33%(+2), LAB 27%(+1), LIB DEM 31%(-3)
    TNS-BRMB … CON 34%(-2), LAB 29%(-4), LIB DEM 30%(+8)
    ComRes for the Independent/ITV … CON 35%(nc), LAB 25%(-1), LIB DEM 27%(+1)

Anthony Wells’ UK Polling Report ‘poll of polls’ now shows the Lib Dems firmly in second place, ahead of Labour, and catching up the Tories:

    CON 33%, LAB 27%, LIB DEM 29%

Two questions will be answered in the next 24 hours. First, what will be the effect of tomorrow’s televised debate? Will Nick Clegg do well enough to maintain the Lib Dem momentum?

And secondly will the rightwing press’s decision to unleash the ‘forces of hell’ on Nick Clegg with a string of desperate smears, innuendos and untruths hit Lib Dem support, or will it backfire on the Mail/Sun/Torygraph as the public sees through their flailing attempts to shore up support for the status quo?