30% of Tory voters back Ukip coalition: Poll

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Manju Shukla
Date  04/11/2014
A British poll shows that almost a third of Prime Minister David Cameron’s voters favor a coalition with the UK Independence party (Ukip) if the Tories fail to win next year`s general election outright.

The survey, conducted by pollsters TNS UK and released on Friday, found that 30 percent of Conservative Party voters would support the party`s possible coalition with the Ukip.

The poll also showed that just 24 percent of Ukip voters said its Eurosceptic party should enter government with the Conservatives.

Michelle Harrison, TNS UK chief executive, said the figures did not come to a surprise although, "the probability of that being a viable option at the next election is open to question."

In addition, Harrison said recent polls, including this one, have indicated that no British party will receive an overall majority in next year’s elections.

The TNS poll showed the opposition Labour Party is on 36 percent support, with the Conservatives on 29 percent, Ukip on 19 percent and the Liberal Democrats on 7 percent.

Furthermore, the survey revealed that Cameron’s offer for renegotiations of Britain’s membership of the European Union is not an important topic for voters.

Of 10 listed policies, the offer for the EU membership was ranked as the least important issue, while reducing unemployment in the UK topped the list.

Britain’s Parliamentary general election is scheduled to be held on May 7, 2015.

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