- Supports grows from 4.5% to 15% in one year
- Support is now almost double that for the Liberal Democrats
- Leader Nigel Farage says Ukip is taking votes from Labour and Tories
Support for the UK Independence Party (Ukip) has reached a new high of 15 per cent, up from 4.5 per cent last year, according to a new poll.
The anti-EU, right-wing populist party’s rating has risen by another percentage point in the past fortnight as its fortunes continue to rise, the Opinium survey for The Observer found.
The party believes in the right of the people of the UK to govern themselves, ‘rather than be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.’
Its support is almost double that for the Liberal Democrats, languishing in the same poll on 8 per cent.
Labour were on 39 per cent with a 10-point lead over the Conservatives on 29 per cent.
All three main parties were unchanged from a fortnight ago.
Opinium interviewed 1,965 British adults between December 21 and 27.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said yesterday that 2012 had been a ‘remarkable year’ for the party, which has seen its ratings rise from 4.5 per cent just 12 months ago and ‘become ragared as a mainstream political party’.
In a New Year message, he said Ukip’s performances in a series of by-elections demonstrated that it was taking votes from Labour as well as the Tories.
‘I’m particularly pleased to think back to the by-elections, especially the ones we had in Corby, Rotherham, and Middlesbrough,’ he said.
Nigel Farage delivering Ukip’s New Year message