Labour has opened a six point lead in Wales over the Conservatives, an exclusive poll for ITV Wales has shown.
The latest results reveal both parties have gained ground since the last poll earlier this month, but it is Labour that has advanced the furthest.
Labour is still short of the 15-point advantage it had over the Tories in 2017, but the findings are likely to give the party hope that a turnaround is possible.
The Conservatives however are still on course to gain seats in Wales and are nearly back to the 34% they got under Theresa May.
Reporter James Crichton-Smith discusses some of the key questions raised from the poll, including three most important issues for voters at the next general election.
Brexit remains the top issue with voters, chosen by 57% of the sample, but it has actually fallen by three points since our previous poll. The one issue that has clearly risen in voters' minds is health, now chosen by 45% of voters compared to 37% just three weeks ago - an area seen as the Labour party's strongest issue.
Political analyst Professor Roger Awan-Scully said Labour now appear to be "resisting the strong Conservative challenge to their dominance".
The poll also shows that it is looking less likely that the Brexit Party will win any seats in Wales.
Here are the voting intention figures that the poll produced (with changes on our last Barometer poll, conducted in early November, in brackets):
- Labour: 38% (+9)
- Conservatives: 32% (+4)
- Plaid Cymru: 11% (-1)
- Liberal Democrats: 9% (-3)
- Brexit Party: 8% (-7)
- Greens: 1% (-2)
- Others: 1 (no change)
Professor Roger Awan-Scully estimates that if the swing between the parties was applied evenly across Wales, this would be the result in terms of seats:
- Labour: 24 (-4)
- Conservatives: 12 (+4)
- Plaid Cymru: 3 (-1)
- Liberal Democrats: 1 (+1)
The seats to change hands from Labour to the Conservatives are projected to be Cardiff North, Gower, Vale of Clwyd and Wrexham.
They are also projected to recapture Brecon and Radnor from the Liberal Democrats which they lost in the recent by-election in August.
The Liberal Democrats are projected to gain Ceredigion from Plaid Cymru.
Prof Awan-Scully said losing four seats to the Conservatives is "hardly a good result", but this compares with nine seat losses in the previous poll.
One of the main reasons why Labour may be fighting back in Wales is that, just as happened in 2017, Jeremy Corbyn's personal ratings are improving markedly.
He is notably less unpopular than he was just a few weeks ago, and has substantially reduced the popularity gap between himself and Boris Johnson.
Just three weeks ago, there was a fifteen-point gap between the two men on a ‘best Prime Minister’ question. Now, that gap has shrunk to just five points.
- The poll, for ITV Cymru Wales and Cardiff University, had a sample of 1,116 Welsh adults and was carried out by YouGov from 22 to 25 November 2019.