Ukip ahead in Euro election poll

Romsey Advertiser: Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party has a three-point lead for this month's European election, according to an opinion poll Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party has a three-point lead for this month's European election, according to an opinion poll

The UK Independence Party (Ukip) has a three-point lead for this month's European election - but most people think the party contains racists, according to an opinion poll.

Nigel Farage's party is on 29%, ahead of Labour on 26%, the Conservatives on 23% and Liberal Democrats on 10%.

But 27% of those surveyed thought Ukip is a party with "racist views" and "many racist members", while 35% thought that, while the party is not racist, it " does seem to attract some candidates or supporters with racist, extreme or odd views".

Some 26% said Ukip is not racist and their "more controversial candidates are just saying the things ordinary people actually think".

The poll came as Ukip was forced to suspend another would-be councillor for expressing extreme views on Twitter.

Harry Perry posted comments on Twitter describing Prime Minister David Cameron as a "gay-loving nutcase", calling Muslims "devil's kids" and homosexuality "an abomination before God".

Mr Farage accepted that there were "some idiots" in the party as he condemned Mr Perry's comments as "entirely inconsistent" with remaining in Ukip.

The YouGov poll for the Sun on Sunday suggested that while Tory and Labour supporters may back Mr Farage later this month, they will switch back at the general election next year.

For the 2015 contest Labour has a three-point lead on 36% over the Conservatives on 33%, with Ukip on 15% ahead of the Lib Dems on 10%.

Ukip 's tough stance on immigration is helping to pull in support ahead of the May 22 poll, with 29% backing them as the best party on the issue, 10 points ahead of the Tories.

Mr Farage is also running neck-and-neck with Labour leader Ed Miliband on 21% as the leader most in touch with ordinary people.

But 34% believe Mr Cameron is best suited to be Prime Minister, 19 points ahead of Mr Miliband, with Mr Farage on 5% and Nick Clegg on 3%.

The Tories are also the party most trusted on the economy, with 39% backing the Prime Minister's party, 18 points ahead of Labour.

In response to the threat from Ukip, Mr Cameron has made his commitment to a referendum on Europe a red line issue for any government he might lead after 2015.

The Prime Minister told the Sunday Express the British people deserve "one last go" to get a Europe that that suits them.

He dismissed Ukip's "throw in the towel" approach, instead insisting that he would be able to renegotiate a better deal with Brussels before putting it to a public vote before the end of 2017.

He said: "Other members do not want to see us leave because we bring an enormous amount to the EU, to the economy and policy.

"I'm saying to them that, if you want Britain to stay, there are changes we are going to have to make because, frankly, consent for membership to this organisation is wafer-thin."

:: YouGov polled 1,844 British adults between April 30 and May 1.

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2:35pm Sun 4 May 14

welshmen says...

Keep telling them how it is Nigel, UKIP are not a racist party although the Media led by the BBC and the Guardianist's on here are very keen to blemish UKIP with the racist tag , because lets face it, we all know who's going to win the EU and the General Elections, UKIP.... and LIB/LAB/CON/Green/Pl
aid Cymru "don't like it upum Mr Manering"....the British Natives want a change from the last 30 years of Westminster's liar's, thieves, and cheat's....
Keep telling them how it is Nigel, UKIP are not a racist party although the Media led by the BBC and the Guardianist's on here are very keen to blemish UKIP with the racist tag , because lets face it, we all know who's going to win the EU and the General Elections, UKIP.... and LIB/LAB/CON/Green/Pl aid Cymru "don't like it upum Mr Manering"....the British Natives want a change from the last 30 years of Westminster's liar's, thieves, and cheat's.... welshmen
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5:28pm Sun 4 May 14

MSG says...

Fantastic news re-poll rating. Roll on the historic day of 22nd May when we start to get our country back from the traitors of the LIBLABCON.

The more I hear Farage and even his fruitcakes the more I want to vote for them. they only say what the majority of the UK people feel and say in private.

The establishment is rightly rattled.

Looking like a vastly different EU after 22nd May with UKIP, FN, Golden Dawn, Jobbit, Freedom Party etc taking up loads more seats and significantly less reds in the Brussels parliament.
Fantastic news re-poll rating. Roll on the historic day of 22nd May when we start to get our country back from the traitors of the LIBLABCON. The more I hear Farage and even his fruitcakes the more I want to vote for them. they only say what the majority of the UK people feel and say in private. The establishment is rightly rattled. Looking like a vastly different EU after 22nd May with UKIP, FN, Golden Dawn, Jobbit, Freedom Party etc taking up loads more seats and significantly less reds in the Brussels parliament. MSG
  • Score: 2

9:25am Mon 5 May 14

Chippy70 says...

I just hope and prey that as many people who say "vote UKIP" actually do get off their backsides and get out there and vote. NOT POSTAL!!! Dont trust postal. Also take a pen, dont use the pencils provided in postal stations. There will be thousands sitting thinking "well I dont need to vote because so many others are going" NO!! Get down the polling station and put you're cross in you're UKIP candidates box.
VOTE UKIP before its too late.
I just hope and prey that as many people who say "vote UKIP" actually do get off their backsides and get out there and vote. NOT POSTAL!!! Dont trust postal. Also take a pen, dont use the pencils provided in postal stations. There will be thousands sitting thinking "well I dont need to vote because so many others are going" NO!! Get down the polling station and put you're cross in you're UKIP candidates box. VOTE UKIP before its too late. Chippy70
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1:30pm Mon 5 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

Dear Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

Smearing UKIP with your media pals won't make people vote for your political parties.

The more you attack and smear UKIP the stronger they are growing.

Instead of slagging off UKIP like some playground bully I have a great idea for you.

Have policies that we can believe in and policies you will keep when elected. The people will vote for you instead of UKIP.

Why should I vote for you because you slag off UKIP?

Simple!
Dear Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats. Smearing UKIP with your media pals won't make people vote for your political parties. The more you attack and smear UKIP the stronger they are growing. Instead of slagging off UKIP like some playground bully I have a great idea for you. Have policies that we can believe in and policies you will keep when elected. The people will vote for you instead of UKIP. Why should I vote for you because you slag off UKIP? Simple! poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2
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