Ethics election poll watch: More voters now 'hoping' for hung parliament

By Press Office
April 14, 2010

A poll conducted by Populus for the Times today shows that 32 per cent of the public are actually now hoping for a hung parliament (as opposed to expecting one). This is more than are hoping for either a Tory Government or a Labour Government.

A poll conducted by ComRes for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror at the weekend showed significantly more voters wanted a hung parliament (46 per cent).

The new figure of 32% in the Populus poll relates to people's actual hopes. It sets the figure against 28 per cent wanting a Tory majority and 22 per cent a Labour one.

Lib Dem voters prefer a deal with Labour than the Tories in a hung parliament, by 44 to 31 per cent. The public is evenly split 40 to 42 per cent about whether they want Labour or the Tories in either a majority or a minority government.

Populus interviewed a random sample of 1,525 adult voters on April 12 to 13. Interviews were conducted across the country and have been weighted to be representative of all adults. For more details go to

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Ekklesia is reporting on the polls from a perspective in line with our 'ethics election' initiative. This will include specifically highlighting what's happening to the smaller parties and 'others' who often get ignored in the polls, but could be important in a balanced/ hung Parliament

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