Monday, May 20, 2013

Nigel Farage's UKIP Only 2 Points Behind the Conservatives!

Well, this poll is clearly amazing.  UKIP has been gaining ground for quite some time (it's amazing that it was polling in the low single digits less than 3 years ago) but I honestly didn't think they would get anywhere close to even with the Conservative Party.  Here are the results (h/t Business Insider):

General Election Voting Intention, Change Since Survation poll, May 1st

Conservative: 24% (-5)
Labour: 35% (-1)
Liberal Democrat: 11% (-1)
UKIP: 22% (+6)
Other: 8% (nc)

Importantly, this poll only partially takes into account the reaction of a close confidante of the Conservative Prime Minister referring to the Conservative grassroots as "swivel-headed loons" (the poll was conducted on May 17th and 18th while the quote came out late on the 17th).  If things keep going like this, we might see some Conservative MP's switch to UKIP if they feel their seat will be safer that way.

Note to the GOP, this is what happens when you abandon your base and their ideals in order to become more "electable".  

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