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Thursday, 5 April, 2001, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Poll Monitor: Election delay has little effect

By BBC Political Research editor David Cowling

The NOP/ Channel 4 Powerhouse poll broadcast on 5 April found Labour at 52%, the Conservatives on 30% and the Lib Dems on 12%.

The fieldwork dates were 30 March-4 April and the sample was 1600.

According to this poll, which is broadly in line with others over the past few weeks, there has been no significant change in public support for the parties despite recent events.

Some 802 respondents were asked between 3-4 April - after Prime Minister Tony Blair's announcement of his decision to delay elections until 7 June - whether the government should have kept to its original plan for a May election.

Some 15% supported this view. But 28% said the government was right to put off the elections until June and 56% said the elections should be delayed until the foot-and-mouth outbreak is finally over.


  • A poll of 1,000 women for Good Housekeeping magazine, published on 5 April, has found that 29% of those questioned believe Labour would best represent women's interests.

    This compares to 13% for the Tories and 9% for the Liberal Democrats.

    Almost two-thirds of those questioned said health was the most important issue for them compared with 2% who regarded Europe as a priority and 4% who thought tax was important.

    However, the survey found 42% of 18-24 year-old women and 25% of 25-34 year-old women are not planning to vote in the general election.

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