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Conservatives see support slump to lowest since election as Labour takes first lead in 2021: Poll

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National support for the UK Conservative Party has slumped to its lowest level since the 2019 general election, as Labour Party has taken a surprise lead, a poll shows.

According to the results of the latest YouGov poll, published on Friday, backing for the Tory Party fell five points to 33 percent while Labour share increased by one point to 35 percent, after Johnson announced a tax rise to fund health and social care.

The development marks a remarkable turnaround for Labour over the summer, having been 18 points behind the Tories in a YouGov survey in May.

Earlier on Tuesday, Johnson announced plans to increase taxes for workers, employers and some investors, angering some in his ruling party by violating election promises and endangering the party’s traditional support for low taxes. The findings suggest the government’s plans has proved unpopular with voters.

“We should be cautious of leaping to too many conclusions from a single poll but... it looks as if the government may have sacrificed their reputation for low taxes amongst Tory voters without actually getting much credit for helping the NHS,” said Anthony Wells, political research director at YouGov.

According to the YouGov poll for The Times, six in ten voters said they did not think Johnson or the Conservatives care about keeping taxes low, while only two in ten thought he and his party do care about low taxes.

The prime minister this week claimed that the Tories are now “the party of the NHS,” but the poll suggests voters do not share his view.


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