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ECONOMIST OFFERS 'REASSURING' STATS FOR TORIES BUT WARNS MAJOR

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The Economist (page 30) claims its latest survey should 'reassure' the Tories in their by-election campaign. ...
The Economist (page 30) claims its latest survey should 'reassure' the Tories in their by-election campaign.

The paper says that between January and March, the Tories polled 31% of the votes in seats where they fought Labour and the Liberal Democrats. This, says The Economist, 'is up a smidgen on October-December last year, and beats their national opinion-poll rating, as measured by MORI, of 28%.

Of the three months they did best in March, polling 33% of the votes, the highest of the three main parties.

However, says The Economist 'Mr Major should not take too much comfort', as the results depend bit on where by-elections happen to fall and his party still lost roughly two council seats for every one it held or won.
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