After the dissolution of Parliament just over a month ago to kick off the formal campaigning for the general election of the Prime Minister, the UK elections are now just a week away. The elections currently show a dead heat between current leader of the opposition and head of the Labour Party Ed Miliband, trying to defeat incumbent, current Prime Minister, and head of the Conservative Party David Cameron.
Ever Changing Tides
The election polls have been pretty much locked since the opening day of the campaigns, with no more than a 2% lead for either party at any given time. Other parties in the general election include the long-time underdog Lib Dems, the new and rising UKIP, and the even newer Green Party. In some general countries within the UK such as Scotland, the Scottish Nationalist Party also holds a strong support for the election of their First Chancellor.
The first major action after this was the 7 leaders’ debate which took place on UT television on the 2nd of April and say the Conservatives overturn a 37%-35% deficit to a 33%-31% lead in the polls immediately following the debate. UKIP also bolstered themselves to 18% after the debate with the Lib Dems rising to 9% and the Green Party dropping to just 3%.
Two weeks later on the 16th of April, the 5 way opposition leaders’ debate was held on UK television once again. Labour came out better for wear this time, owning a 1% lead in the polls the following morning. UKIP, whose numbers had dropped inbetween the two debates, against bolstered themselves 3 more percentage points, back up to 17%. The Lib Dems saw their figures drop to just 7% with the Green Party holding onto their mere 3%.
Last night, the main leaders of the 5 parties took questions from a general audience in a Question Time Special on UK television. This morning’s polls indicated that the Conservatives hold a 1% lead, with UKIP now only sitting on 12% with the Lib Dems holding solid on 8% and the Green Party now back at 5%.
Polls on who the stronger candidate was in the debate seemed to favour the Conservatives as 44% of the people polled though PM David Cameron was the best leader on the night. Labour leader Ed Miliband came in at 38% with the Lib Dems’ leader Nick Clegg coming in at 19%. UKIP leader Nigel Farage was not present, and neither was the Green Party.
Overall, with the election looming it would appear the polls look set to swing back and forth a few more times as the campaigns kick their drives into the top gear with a week to go. Whether Miliband or Cameron will come out on top is anyone’s guess.
The UK general election takes place on the 7th of May.