Labour’s lead over the Conservatives has been cut to just a single point in an opinion poll which will make grim reading for Ed Miliband.
The Opinium survey for the Observer puts Labour on 33%, down two points from a fortnight ago, with the Tories on 32%, up two points, indicating a continuing bounce from George Osborne’s Budget on March 19.
The poll puts Ukip on 15% (down one) and the Liberal Democrats unchanged on 10%.
Labour has suffered a series of opinion poll setbacks since the Chancellor’s Budget, with this the latest to indicate Mr Miliband’s party is virtually neck and neck with the Tories.
Former Labour frontbencher Diane Abbott, who stood for the leadership against Mr Miliband in 2010, has called for the party to “move a little quicker” to set out its economic message to voters.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Week In Westminster: “I think the fundamental question, which I am not well placed to answer, is where do we stand in relation to austerity? Are we offering an alternative to austerity? And Ed Balls and Ed Miliband have to make up their minds.”
:: Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 1,936 British adults between March 25 and 28.
There was better news for Mr Miliband in a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times, which gave Labour a seven-point advantage over the Tories.
The survey put Labour on 40%, with the Conservatives on 33%, Ukip on 11% and the Lib Dems on 9%.
:: YouGov questioned 1,916 British adults between March 27 and March 28.