Polls puts UKIP in third place

UKIP has surged to a record poll rating, tipping the Liberal Democrats into fourth place, according to new polls.

Opinion polls put UKIP as third party with 14% of vote

UKIP, the party lead by Nigel Farage, has surged to a record poll rating and placed in front of the Liberal Democrats in three surveys published this weekend.

The results of the Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday were:

  • Labour - 38%, Conservatives - 30%, UKIP - 14%, Lib Dems - 9%

The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and The Sunday Mirror placed the parties as follows:

  • Labour - 38%, Conservatives - 28%, UKIP - 14%, Lib Dems - 9%

While the results of Opinium for The Observer found:

  • Labour - 39%, Conservatives - 29%, UKIP - 14%, Lib Dems - 8%

Farage: PM 'paying price' over same-sex marriage

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said David Cameron is paying the price for being out-of-step with the Conservative Party's traditional supporters on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Following the result of three weekend polls that placed UKIP ahead of the Liberal Democrats, Mr Farage told BBC1's Sunday Politics, "It is the Conservative Party support that will suffer most from this proposal".

He continued:

It wasn't in Cameron's manifesto, there was no public call to do this, and yet he is pursuing headlong a policy that is going to enormously damage and split his own party, particularly in the shires.

I think gay marriage is one of those issues where attitudes in the big metropolitan centres compared to the shires are very, very sharply different.

Mr Farage also denied that his party was homophobic and defended its alliances in the European Parliament with groups - such as the the United Poland party - which have been accused of being anti-gay.

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UKIP push Lib Dems into fourth place in new poll

UKIP party leader Nigel Farage
UKIP party leader Nigel Farage Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment

The UK Independence Party has surged to a record poll rating, tipping the Liberal Democrats into fourth place, according to a new poll.

The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror has put Ukip on 14% - six points up since last month and the party's highest ever rating in a ComRes poll.

The poll also put the Conservatives on 28%, down three points and 11 points behind Labour, who are down four on 39%.

Support for the Lib Dems is now at single figures, at 9%.