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Reuters/Ipsos Mori finds the Conservatives and Labour level

By Paul Goodman

The two parties stand at 37 per cent each in the poll.

At the election, the Conservatives won 36 per cent of the vote, Labour 29 per cent, and the LibDems 23 per cent (Reuters/Ipsos Mori finds them at 15 per cent.)

The ratings confirm the general trend shown in the daily YouGov tracker surveys.  It's all going to get a lot worse for the Government - at least in the short term.  Although here's too much excitement in general about polls, this is the first one outside the August holiday season by any major polling company to find the two main parties level - so it's worth recording with a formal ToryDiary entry.

More bad news for the Government: "The poll also reveals that most people -- three in five -- agree cuts in public spending are necessary, but three-quarters believe it would be better to cut more slowly to lessen the impact on public services and the economy".

However, there's also some good news for the Government: "Nevertheless a majority (57 percent) agreed the government's policies would improve the state of Britain 's economy -- suggesting a possible lack of clarity among the public about the coalition's plans".

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