London: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has failed to make in-roads into the surging popularity of the opposition Conservatives despite his handling of the economic crisis, a poll for The Sun newspaper said on Thursday.
The Conservatives have a popularity rating of 41%, according to the poll by YouGov published on the newspaper’s website, ahead of Brown’s Labour on 34% and the Liberal Democrats on 15%.
The figures would lead to a minority Conservative government led by the party’s leader David Cameron, the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, business leaders are losing faith in Gordon Brown following a brief jump in his popularity during the autumn, a separate poll for The Independent newspaper will say on Friday.
The paper will say that a ComRes poll had 28% of respondents expressing support for Brown, down from 42% in October, according to a copy seen by Reuters.
Meanwhile only 16% had confidence in Finance Minister Alistair Darling, a drop from 25% over the same period.