An ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph has topline voting intention figures, with changes from their last poll, of CON 42%(+1), LAB 26%(-1), LDEM 21%(-1).
The changes from the last poll are insignificant in themselves, but the continuing drift towards the Conservatives makes the 16 point lead in this poll the largest Tory lead ever recorded by ICM (I think!), and the lowest level of support recorded by Labour. The gap between Labour and the Liberal Democrats remains at 5 points. I’m fascinated (in a watching a car crash sort of way) as to what will happen if Labour do drop below the Liberal Democrats and fall into third place.
The poll also asked about 42 day detention. As with the last time this was before Parliament, the public seem to be supportive of it (though as with many questions, it will be worth looking to see exactly what was asked). Apparently ICM found 65% of people supported the policy with only 30% opposed. This does seem to translate into party support in its own way – while the Conservatives (who oppose 42 day detention) are more trusted to tackle terrorism than Labour (who support 42 day detention) the figures are 32% to 28%, and a 4 point Labour deficit on the issue of terror is still better than the 16 point deficit they have overall!