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Poll on economy hurts Labour

THE number of voters that think Labour has handled the recession effectively hasn’t changed since August, according to a new PoliticsHome poll.

The results of the poll, which show that just 36 per cent of voters give the government credit for its handling of the recession, will make grim reading for the Labour Party. It had hoped its fortunes would revive when the economy started to pick up.

In August, when PoliticsHome carried out the same poll, forty per cent of voters credited Labour’s handling of the economy.

And despite falling unemployment, most voters say that an economic recovery is still some way off.

In the survey of 1,134 adults, just a third (34 per cent) said they thought the economy had turned a corner while almost half (47 per cent) said there was still “a long way to go” before a recovery.

An additional 17 per cent were even gloomier, saying that the economy would deteriorate further.