Conservatives poll lead at 6-month low

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LONDON (Reuters) - The Conservative Party has seen its opinion poll lead cut to single figures for the first time since May, a monthly ComRes survey showed on Tuesday.

The poll published in the Independent newspaper gave the Conservatives a nine percent lead over the Labour Party, down one percent from last month.

The projections suggest that would not be enough to secure the Conservatives an overall majority in parliament in elections that must take place by June.

Labour’s support rose two percent to 29 percent compared to 38 percent for the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats shed one percentage point to 19 percent.

According to the telephone poll of 1,006 people, 52 percent of respondents agreed that the Conservative Party “would mainly represent the interests of the well-off rather than the ordinary people.”

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has recently made references to Conservative leader David Cameron’s education at Eton, a top private school, in what has been seen as an attempt to paint him as a friend of the rich.

The Independent said the poll showed that Cameron had yet to win over the public. Only 45 percent of respondents said the Conservatives were an attractive alternative to Labour, with 49 percent disagreeing.

Although the Conservatives have consistently been ahead of Labour -- in power for the past 12 years -- recent polls have shown the party’s lead fluctuate between as much as 17 percent and as little as six percent.

Reporting by William James; Editing by Jon Boyle