William more popular than Queen, Charles: poll

William more popular than Queen, Charles: poll

Prince William is more popular in Britain than his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, father Prince Charles and all the politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron, according to a new poll.

Prince William, 31, is regarded favourably by 68 per cent of voters, compared with 63 per cent for his grandmother and only 43 per cent for the Prince of Wales, a ComRes poll for The Independent and the Daily Mirror said.

The three royals are more popular than all the politicians, according to the survey, with even Prince Charles beating London Mayor Boris Johnson, the top-rated politician, in the favourability stakes.

The poll also shows that the Labour party's lead over the Conservative party has fallen to two points, the lowest margin in a ComRes survey in more than two years.

Leader of Opposition Ed Miliband's personal rating has been overtaken by George Osborne's, while Theresa May, the Home Secretary, remains more popular than her Cabinet rival Michael Gove.

Johnson, as the most popular politician, is followed by Prime Minister David Cameron at 28 per cent just ahead of the extreme right UKIP leader Nigel Farage at 26 per cent.

Labour is on 34 per cent, up one point on last month, but the Conservatives have risen three points to 32 per cent – picking up some support from the UK Independence Party (Ukip), who are down one point to 18 per cent and the Liberal Democrats, down one point to just 7 per cent.

Two months ago, Labour's lead was six points, before dropping to four points last month and narrowing further still this month, according to the poll.

If there were a general election tomorrow, Labour would win with a majority of 24 seats, it said.

The Prime Minister is the most popular of the four main party leaders – 28 per cent of voters view him favourably.

Nick Clegg is viewed favourably by only 13 per cent of voters. However they are all beaten by the London Mayor, who is viewed favourably by 41 per cent.

May is backed by 16 per cent of voters, compared with 9 per cent for Gove, the poll said.

The results were based on ComRes interviews with 2,034 British adults online from 11-13 June.

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