Opinion poll shows Brown bouncing back
The global financial crisis has had a big effect on politics in various countries around the world. In the US, the crisis erased the 'Palin bounce' McCain had received in the polls and started his precipitous decline. In the UK, Gordon Brown's handling of the financial crisis has given him a huge boost in the polls after his Labour party had been sagging quite dramatically for almost a year.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown's handling of the financial crisis has helped his Labour Party slash the lead enjoyed by the Conservatives, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday.
The ComRes survey for The Independent newspaper put Labour on 31 percent, compared with 39 percent for David Cameron's Conservatives and 16 percent for Britain's third party, the Liberal Democrats.
The Conservative lead -- which was 19 points in the same poll conducted two months ago -- has shrunk to 8 points, the ComRes survey showed, raising the possibility of a neck-and-neck result and a hung parliament if results were reflected at the next election, due by mid 2010.
The poll is the latest in a series of opinion polls which show Brown bouncing back after months of disastrous ratings which put his Labour Party around 20 percentage points behind the Conservatives.