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Saturday, 2 June, 2001, 19:23 GMT 20:23 UK
Mixed picture from Sunday polls
A trio of polls give the following portrait of public opinion on the threshold of polling day:
ICM/Observer has Labour on 46% (down 2% on their previous poll three weeks ago), the Conservatives with 34% (up 2%) and the Lib Dems on 15% (unchanged).
NOP/Sunday Times gives Labour 47% (down 2% since last week), the Conservatives 30% (unchanged) and the Lib Dems 16% (up 2%).
MORI/Sunday Telegraph puts Labour on 50% (down 1% on their previous poll three weeks ago), the Conservatives on 27% (down 4%) and the Lib Dems 17% (up 4%).
The ICM/Observer survey registers the best Conservative share (34%) in the campaign so far.
However, it then concentrates on tactical voting which will be less welcome news to Mr Hague.
This time they limit themselves to a single national poll but it shows that two-thirds of Labour voters say they would support Lib Dem candidates in seats where they are best placed to defeat the Conservatives.
Also, 45% of respondents (including one-in-five Conservatives) want the Lib Dems to replace the Conservatives as the official Opposition.
ICM found 65% saying they are certain to vote on 7 June.
NOP/Sunday Times found that voters would prefer, by 43% to 38%, a Labour government and membership of the European single currency than a Conservative government that kept Britain outside the euro.
A third of respondents support Mr Hague's contention that Labour would 'rig' any referendum on the euro to secure a 'yes' vote.
NOP found that people have not been greatly impressed by politicians during this campaign: 75% said that they never answer questions and 77% say they always use statistics to pull the wool over people's eyes.
The MORI/Sunday Telegraph found that 52% of Conservative supporters want William Hague to remain as party leader even if he loses.
He was backed by 22%, compared with 13% who supported Ann Widdecombe and 11% supported Kenneth Clarke.
MORI found that four in ten thought Labour had fought the best campaign, whilst only 11% said the same of the Conservatives.
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