Support for Conservatives dips as optimism for economy fades

UK SUPPORT for the Conservative Party has fallen slightly but most people do not believe the Labour opposition is ready to govern, blaming it for the country’s economic woes, an opinion poll showed yesterday.

The May Reuters/Ipsos Mori Political Monitor showed Labour up two points since last month on 42 per cent, while support for the Conservatives, the coalition government’s senior partners, fell five points to 35 per cent of those who plan to vote.

Backing for the Liberal Democrats rose one point to 10 per cent, far below the roughly 24 per cent who voted for them a year ago.

Economic optimism was down slightly, with just 29 per cent of Britons expecting the economy will improve in the next year.