LONDON No single party will win outright control at the May 6 election, opinion polls suggested on Wednesday, with the surveys differing as to which party had the most public support.
A ComRes poll for the Independent/ITV News, published in Wednesday's paper, showed David Cameron's Conservatives widening their lead to 9 points, putting his party on 35 percent of the vote, up 3 points over the previous poll, while Labour and the Liberal Democrats were tied on 26 percent.
If the projections were repeated uniformly across the country on polling day, the Conservatives would be the largest party but would lack enough seats to form an outright government, according to a Sky News poll calculator.
But separate surveys by Populus in the Times, and YouGov in the Sun, suggested Labour could still end up as the party with the most seats in the lower house of parliament, despite its third-place position, reflecting how the campaign has transformed into a tight race with no clear winner.
A Populus survey for the Times put the Conservatives in the lead on 32 percent, and found the Liberal Democrats in second place on 31 percent, having gained 10 points since the previous survey. Labour were lagging on 28 percent, down five points.
The Sun's Daily YouGov poll put the Liberal Democrats back in the lead on 34 percent, up 3 points over the previous poll, while the Conservatives were on 31 percent and Labour on 26 percent.
Following is a table of polls published in recent weeks showing support for the three main parties and the margin of the Conservatives' lead.
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