A YouGov survey of 1,630 people was conducted on Monday and Tuesday and showed the new party topping the polls on 30 percent, an increase from the 28 percent the party was predicted last week. The latest poll shows gains for the Liberal Democrats, with the party gaining three percentage points to a 10 percent backing. But, the latest results are not good reading for Labour which sees a one-point drop to 21 percent.
Of those surveyed who said they were Conservative voters, 52 percent said they would back the new Brexit Party in the European elections while the new group was supported by 60 percent of Leave voters.
Conservative support ahead of the May 23 election is still dwindling on 13 percent as Brexiteer Tories switch allegiance to Farage’s one-issue party, while UKIP lost ground, dropping one point to four percent.
The results were released just before voters hit the polls for the local elections which saw a heavy drop in support for the two main parties. The Conservatives lost hundreds of council seats while Labour failed to capitalise on what some party representatives described as a “difficult” night for the opposition.
But, despite Farage’s new Brexit Party not standing in the local elections, images on social media showed many spoiling their ballot paper in a show of support for the former UKIP leader’s new party.
Pollster Sir John Curtice predicts the two main parties will be hit badly in May’s European elections and that Thursday’s results show that the electorate is not satisfied with the main parties failure to deliver Brexit.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “These two parties, even without Brexit Party on one hand or Change UK on the other contesting these local elections, have seen that support has fallen away quite substantially.
“Now what they would do, therefore, in the European elections when voters seem willing to vote for the smaller parties anyway, the prognosis doesn’t look that good for either of them.
“And Nigel Farage probably has a smile on his face this morning.”
Launched just weeks ago, The Brexit Party is yet to release a manifesto but will field candidates in every seat for the EU elections. Star candidates include former Tory Ann Widdecombe, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata and businessman Richard Tice.
Mr Farage also confirmed the party would be contesting June’s by-election in Peterborough, held just a fortnight after the EU elections. But the leader will not personally be standing as a candidate, focusing instead on driving his party and their new MEPs into the European Parliament.
Brexit-backing Peterborough will be the party’s first parliamentary challenge after disgraced former MP Fiona Onasanya was kicked out by voters in a recall petition on Wednesday.
The Conservative Party lost ground in the city during yesterday’s local elections, losing control of the City Council by just one seat.
Speaking to a packed rally in Newport, Mr Farage said: “This battle now is not just about Brexit; it’s not just about getting us out of the European Union.
“It is in fact about sweeping away a political class who serve nobody but themselves. This is about changing politics for good.”