Labour hit 3 year high

Anthony WellsHead of European Political and Social Research
December 21, 2010, 7:42 PM GMT+0

Today's voting intention figures have the Conservatives at 40%, Labour at 43% and the Liberal Democrats at 8%.

Labour's 43% is the highest level of support they have recorded in a YouGov poll since 2007, and they are clearly consolidating their recent lead in the polls: five of our last seven polls have shown them ahead. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats have been in single figures for over a week.

Labour have also pulled ahead as people's preferred party on many of the issues.

On the NHS Labour are normally the more trusted party, and most of our polls since the election already showed them leading. However, their lead is now up to 9 points on the NHS (35% to 26% for the Conservatives) and they have overtaken the Conservatives on many other issues. Labour are preferred on education by 5 points (32% to 27%), unemployment by 4 points (30% to 26%) and are marginally ahead on taxation (29% to 28%).

The Conservatives remain people's preferred party on the economy in general (by 31% to 28% for Labour), law and order (by 33% to 25%) and immigration (by 36% to 16%).

See the survey details and full results here