Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
9 April 2015updated 25 Jul 2021 6:08am

Ed Miliband overtakes David Cameron in approval ratings, as Labour pulls ahead in the polls

"Crossover" at last?

By Anoosh Chakelian

Good polling news for Labour, as three consecutive polls suggest the party has pulled ahead. Survation shows Labour four points ahead of the Tories (35 per cent to 31 per cent), Panelbase has it six points ahead (37 per cent to 31 per cent), and TNS gives the party a three-point lead (33 per cent to 31 per cent).

Survation also shows Ed Miliband beating David Cameron in net approval ratings for the first time.

After weeks of the two main parties being neck and neck, this is a significant boost for Labour. It looks like the Tories’ campaign wizard Lynton Crosby should’ve been careful what he wished for when predicting a “crossover” period.

But there are still concerns for Labour. While Miliband’s approval ratings are up, he still lags stubbornly behind Cameron on the “future prime minister” question. And it’s worth noting that these polls can’t be the most representative we’ve had in recent weeks because they include the bank holiday weekend.

On our sister election site May2015‘s poll of polls, these new developments have given Labour a 3.3 point lead.

Select and enter your email address Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
THANK YOU

Labour jump into a 3.3% point lead on http://t.co/j83TeUDhFz after two polls give them big leads. LAB—35.0 CON—31.7 pic.twitter.com/C4aWQSxbFw

Content from our partners
Why public health policy needs to refocus
The five key tech areas for the public sector in 2023
You wouldn’t give your house keys to anyone, so why do that with your computers?

— May2015 Election (@May2015NS) April 9, 2015