UK anti-immigration party ahead of Conservatives- poll

Poll shows Conservatives in third place behind Labour Party and UKIP in European election

UK anti-immigration party ahead of Conservatives- poll

World Bulletin/News Desk

The British conservative party could finish third in the upcoming election to the European Parliament in May, according to a poll carried out by YouGov.

The poll, which was carried out for the Sun newspaper, revealed that the UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party would finish behind the anti-immigration and anti-Europe party, the UK Independence Party (UKIP). This would be the first time in history that the Conservatives would finish in the third place. 

According to YouGov President Peter Kellner, if the support for UKIP continues it would overtake the Labour Party before the election. 

The Conservative Party has been under pressure from UKIP since the immigration debate. In January, EU restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians to work in the UK were lifted, something that many British people opposed. The UKIP has gained support in the UK due to concerns regarding immigration which, the country seeks to cap. 

There is some doubt cast over the YouGov methodology for this poll.  The way in which the poll was carried out has changed over the last 10 years.  There are two lists of parties provided, one for the ‘main parties’, and another list for others where UKIP feature. 

Some smaller parties argue that there should only be one list of parties as the two list system lends a preference to the mainstream political parties.

The YouGov survey found that 26 percent of respondents would vote for the UKIP in the European election in May, with 23 percent backing the Conservatives, and the opposition Labour Party leading on 32 percent.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 15:55