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05 June 2017

Reuters: Conservatives see poll lead narrow to 1 point - Survation

British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of Thursday's national election has narrowed to just 1 percentage point, according to a poll by Survation for ITV television.

In the previous Survation poll for ITV, published a week ago, the Conservatives had a lead of six points. But a separate Survation poll, published on Saturday for the Mail on Sunday newspaper, also gave the Conservatives a one-point lead.

Survation said its latest poll put support for May's Conservative Party at 41.5 percent compared with 40.4 percent for Labour, a result which if replicated in the election would put in jeopardy the Conservatives' majority in parliament. [...]

Three weeks ago, a series of surveys showed May was on course for a landslide parliamentary majority which she called to secure a strong mandate for Brexit talks.

But May's campaign began to struggle after she proposed a plan to make elderly people pay for more of their social care, even though she moved quickly to say there would be a limit on the amount of costs that people would face.

It remains unclear whether Saturday's attack will have an impact on the election. The Conservatives' lead over Labour continued to fall after a suicide bombing in Manchester on May 22 but polling firms have linked the narrowing to the rival parties' policy proposals rather than the attack.

Fifty percent of respondents in Monday's poll thought May would make a better prime minister than Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn but his credibility as a potential leader of the country has risen to 36 percent from 15 percent in early May. [...]

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