Ukip on 14% as Labour Restores Double Digit Lead Over Tories – Poll

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Ukip has risen to 14% – almost half the level of support for the Conservatives who are now on 29% – in a new Observer/Opinium poll.

The anti-EU party is up one point compared to two weeks ago, continuing a strong performance that will cause alarm among Tory supporters, and increase pressure on David Cameron to call an in/out referendum on Europe.

Labour, up one point on 39%, will be pleased to have restored a double digit lead over the Tories but frustrated that it cannot break consistently past the 40% mark, given the government's economic troubles.

The Lib Dems are struggling to make progress and are down one point at 8%.

All three party leaders have seen their personal ratings fall. David Cameron is down four points to -19%, while Ed Miliband is down three at -16% and Nick Clegg down three at -46%.

Separately, the poll asked people if they would be prepared to pay more for goods if they knew the company producing them paid a living wage of £7.45 per hour across the UK, and £8.55 in London.

47% said they would probably or definitely be prepared to do so while 37% said they probably or definitely would not. 16% were undecided.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Toby Helm, political editor, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 15th December 2012 20.00 Europe/London

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