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U.K. Labour Party Overtakes Conservatives in Poll After Budget

March 25, 2012

U.K. opposition leader Ed Miliband has overtaken Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron in an ICM poll after Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s budget kept a planned fuel duty increase and froze pensioners’ tax allowances.

The poll, commissioned by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, showed 38 percent of voters would back Labour in a general election, a two-point gain, while support for the Conservatives fell two points to 37 percent.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said they opposed moves to tax pensioners more, while 47 percent said they felt worse off after Osborne announced his budget on March 21, the survey showed. Some 88 percent opposed Osborne’s plan to go ahead with higher fuel duties.

ICM surveyed 1,000 people by telephone on March 22 and March 23.

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