David Cameron will win general election, predict Echo readers

IN POWER: Prime Minister David Cameron on a visit to the Nissan plant in 2013.
IN POWER: Prime Minister David Cameron on a visit to the Nissan plant in 2013.
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DAVID Cameron is being predicted to win the General Election – but Ed Miliband would be the choice for Prime Minister, according to a Sunderland Echo poll.

According to our pre-election survey, 53 per cent of people think the Conservative leader will remain in residence at 10 Downing Street in May, while 38 per cent think Mr Miliband will win. But in terms of popularity, 40 per cent would prefer the Labour leader to triumph, compared to 26 per cent choosing Mr Cameron and 24 per cent expressing a preference for UKIP chief Nigel Farage.

Of the 276 readers who took part in our survey, 88 per cent said they would vote in the election, an encouragingly high potential turnout.

And two-thirds say they have already decided which way they will vote.

And 83 per cent cited health as the most important issue ahead of the election, followed by immigration (76 per cent), welfare (60 per cent), support for the elderly (54 per cent) and Europe (50 per cent) in terms of people’s political priorities.

THE QUESTIONS WE ASKED:

DID YOU VOTE IN THE 2010 GENERAL ELECTION?

88% yes

10% no

2% cannot remember

WILL YOU VOTE ON MAY 7?

88% yes

5% probably

5% might or might not

1% unlikely

1% no

DO YOU KNOW HOW YOU WILL VOTE?

67% yes, pretty sure

23% have an inclination but may vote for someone else

10% don’t know

WHAT ISSUES WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST BEARING ON HOW YOU WILL VOTE?

(Tick as many boxes as required)

83% health

76% immigration

60% welfare policy

54% Support for elderly

50% approach to Europe and EU

49% education

49% economy

32% defence

30% environment

23% transport

18% business support

8% arts and culture

WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE AS PM?

Ed Miliband (Labour) 40%

David Cameron (Conservative) 26%

Nigel Farage (UKIP) 24%

Natalie Bennett (Green) 6%

Nick Clegg (LibDem) 3%

WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE PM?

David Cameron 53%

Ed Miliband 38%

Nigel Farage 8%

Natalie Bennett 1%

Nick Clegg 0%