Nigel Farage's UKIP Takes Clear Lead In EU Election Polls

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Nigel Farage's UKIP has opened up a clear lead in the run up to next month’s elections for the European Parliament. According to ComRes, 38% of Britons certain to vote say that they would cast their ballot for the party, compared to 27% who would vote for Labour, 18% who would vote for the Conservatives and 8% who would vote Lib Dem. UKIP is damaging Conservative hopes as 67% of 2010 Tory voters are now saying they would vote for UKIP. However, it's not all rainbows and unicorns for the euro-skeptic party, as - somewhat expectedly - almost one third of Britons think that UKIP is a racist party; even as 48% believe UKIP has sensible policies.

As ComRes states:

European Voting Intention

  • UKIP: 38% (+8)
  • Labour: 27% (-3)
  • Conservatives: 18% (-4)
  • Liberal Democrats: 8% (NC)

But as ITV reports, there are some concerns...

Almost one third of Britons think that Ukip is a racist party, according to a new ITV News/ComRes poll.


Of the 2,052 British adults surveyed about their opinion of the UK Independence Party, 32% said they believed the party was racist. 40% disagreed with this statement and 29% said they did not know.


A third of the British public think UKIP are more honest than other parties




82% of likely UKIP voters at the European Parliamentary elections think Ukip is more honest than other political parties.


Britons are split about whether Ukip has sensible policies: 38% think not, but 38% think the party does.


Half of 2010 Conservatives (48%) think that Ukip has sensible policies.

It seems change is coming - as Farage himself noted recently...


"The whole European project is based on a falsehood... and it's a dangerous one.. because if you try to impose a new flag, a new anthem, a new president, a new army, a new police force; without first seeking the consent of the people you are creating the very nationalisms and resentment that the project was supposed to snuff out." Farage concludes, he is not against Europe but is "against this Europe," and this year's European elections will mark the turning point.


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Xibalba's picture

 time for a plane crash? 

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Farage already survived one. 

Although I do think that the EU will dispose of Farage is one sense or another.  Its too late though, the damage has been done and Farage has given the continent talking points for the next 3 years.

Occident Mortal's picture

Yes he was in a plane crash the day of the last general election.

SWRichmond's picture
Nigel Farage's UKIP Takes Clear Lead In EU Election Polls

I wonder if they use electronic voting machines?  Polls are one thing, but elections are quite another.

Occident Mortal's picture

The British Establishment is losing control of British politics, more and more people are voting for alternative representatives. This is putting enormous pressue on incumbents to listen to their electorate, that's why the British parliament voted down the Syrian escalation. The public didn't want it, even though the establishment did.


Brits have realised that they don't need to get alternatives into power to change the narrative of those in power, just threaten/scare them and the incumbents will move towards your position.


Look at UKIP, the surge of UKIP has forced the government to offer a referendum on EU membership. UKIP don't need to get in power to get what they want.

y3maxx's picture

...The American Nigel Farage could very well be African American Neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson...In his speech last year, He wipes the smile off of President HalfrObama...

y3maxx's picture

...Folks, Russia offered Ukraine $15 Billion plus higher salaries across the board, before the illegal, American/Nato led Coup d'état.

123dobryden's picture

omg russian people want to work more and harder so that ukrainian folks could enjoy higher salaries accross the board...


all that thanks to former spy turned saint

0b1knob's picture

Nigel Farage for US President.   

Oh wait.   Farage can't be President since he's not a natural born US citizen like Obama.

Oh wait......

Cap Matifou's picture

Go, Nigel.

Your good pal Rumpy will be not amused.

macholatte's picture

Almost one third of Britons think that UKIP is a racist party,


Could they define the term “racist”?  Were they asked to describe what they were asked about?


13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.  In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...  

     "...any target can always say, 'Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?' When your 'freeze the target,' you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments.... Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the 'others' come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target...'

     "One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other." (pps.127-134)


-       Saul Alynski


Unknown User's picture

Can we get one of those in US? Please...

Traderone's picture

Nope, pen and paper for us. leaves a trail which can be rechecked in case a candidate disputes the result. 

A Nanny Moose's picture

He really shouldn't make toast while in the hot tub.

Ghordius's picture

such a juvenile comment: "I do think that the EU will dispose of Farage is one sense or another"

I'd be delighted if Farage does not only win in the european elections but also in the later British ones, and take the UK out of the EU, for example

remember that it's the White House that is telling the UK to keep being "the gateway to the EU", and it's the US and the UK that are pushing that damn Trans Atlantic Trade Pact

sadly, the chances of UKIP winning any seat with the British electoral system are very, very slim

so it's the UK that is disposing of Farage... by having him ranting in Brussels instead of leading in Westminster

Haus-Targaryen's picture

So what happens when the UK leaves, and then does better than the continent?  Will you learn from their example, or just get MAF and play the "at least we care about the poor in Europe and not just ourselves" card that you played when they left the fixed peg?

the tower's picture

To be fair, the EU is not holding the UK economy back. Economically it has been good for the UK to be in the EU. It saves an enormous amount in overhead and taxes, as the EU is the biggest market for the UK.

The UK has been blessed with the free movement of people, so far, and there are no signs that a rush from the poorer countries to claim benefits in the UK is going on.

Just as Switzerland, the UK managed to pull in skilled people, like builders and electricians, programmers and other IT people.

Something that would have taken the UK a GENERATION to establish if it wanted to use locals.

A UKIP vote is more of a protest vote against the current political establishment and the desire for a skapegoat (EU immigration).

123dobryden's picture

although i can confirm builders and warehouse operatives, not really sure about those IT people and programmers :)

the tower's picture

London is full of them. If you are a programmer you can find a job in London (and periphery) within 2 weeks, and you even get to be picky. Several friends moved there, from Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Don't confuse the London economy with the UK, the UK is on its ass, London is still booming.

the tower's picture

Just look at the payday loans, every third commercial on TV is for one of those, the other ones are for online bingo and cheaper and cheaper prices at the supermarket... That should give you an idea of how much the UK is on its ass... London is sucking the life out of the UK.

the tower's picture

... and getting paid for it... he's no different than Wilders in Holland... he knows very well that you cannot change the system from the inside.. a cushy job at the EU parlement is waiting for him..

Ghordius's picture

"Farage has given the continent talking points for the next 3 years"

sadly, it's not true. he has given the UK lots of talking points, yes. but for continental ears, his speeches have always elements of pure demagogery that are very, very hard to take seriously

example: "because if you try to impose a new flag, a new anthem, a new president, a new army, a new police force"

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I don't remember the flag, anthem, president, army or police force being part of the "integrated market" vote back in the 70s.  Do you?

the tower's picture

I don't remember those either, but I do remember that they were all up for a vote. Did you vote for or against?

Haus-Targaryen's picture


He must discredit all those on here who hate the EU in order to get his paycheck.  I don't want him and his family to starve.

Ghordius's picture

then watch me how rabidly anti-EU I can become if this damn TTIP goes through. have fun with your Game of Thrones fantasies

Ghordius's picture

Euro Myth Nr. 1: the flag. Yes, the EU has a flag. No, flying that flag is subject to national law. See for example Danish national law about what flags you can fly, where and when on Danish territories

Ghordius's picture

Euro Myth Nr. 2: the anthem. Yes, the EU has an anthem. A nice one, btw. No, we don't use it, for sure not in the way Americans use theirs. btw is it a law that mandates that all football games start and end with the US anthem?

specifically, Farage objects against the use of the flag and the anthem at EU parliamentary sessions, btw. which is a bit silly for EU parliamentarians, but again, he is not speaking with them, he is catering to his electorate

Ghordius's picture

Euro Myth Nr. 3: the president. Yes, the EU has now a president of the Council. No, he does not have really any powers, and most european president have anyway not much power, take for example the German one. He is a kind of secretary to the Council (where most power really is)

a president like in the US? pleeeeease, pull the other one, it has bells on

Ghordius's picture

Euro Myth Nr. 4: the EU Military. Yes, there is one. No, it's more of a shell game. scratch it a bit, and you'll find... national forces

No EU nation is really giving their power over their national military away, and most of them are in NATO anyway, which is way less a top-down thing that many think

Ghordius's picture

Euro Myth Nr. 5: Europol. Yes, it exists. No, it's not comparable with the US FBI or anything similar. It coordinates only. No EU nation is going to give away their police power. Europol has to be invited by a national police force in order to even coordinate, and does not really operate as a common police force

trader1's picture

am i really the first person to upvote you?

what does this say about other ZH members?

Ghordius's picture

perhaps that they have no clue about the EU? mostly it's of course disinterest

the tower's picture

and the EU is happy about that, so they can talk and talk and talk.... you didn't expect any CHANGE to come from Farage's talking points, did you?

GetZeeGold's picture



time for a plane crash?


One trip to Diego Garcia......coming right up!

old naughty's picture

please specify which airline so sheeples can avoid.

lordbyroniv's picture

We need to clone Farage

Harrison's picture

Don't worry, some loony leftie with an illegal spork will do him in.

Best of luck reversing the tide, Nigel. And wear a spork-proof vest at all times.

North Sea Cowboy's picture

Another principled man pissing in the wind.

It is a bargin my friend's picture

The slur campagin being run against him by the British media is nothing short of digusting, someone is very very scared

Harrison's picture

I hope they can de-fund the BBC after the election. I thought they weren't allowed to engage in partisan politics under their charter.

Carpenter1's picture

This could do more damage to their plans than just about anything. Nigel in office with the backing of the people= game over

So, expect the attacks to become even moar ridiculous and if that doesn't seem to be working Nigel had best spend the last week of his campaign in a secret location surrounded by hundreds of ultra loyal, armed followers cause these psychopaths will try to suicide him, guaranteed.

johngerard's picture

It's all encompassing. The three establishment parties have formed a specialist attack group dedicated to smearing UKIP as racist maniacs.

I've never seen an effort like it. But the more they smear Farage and UKIP, the higher their polling results.

They are terrified of UKIP, even though the election is meaningless from an EU point of view. They could fill the parliament entirely with UKIP MEPs and it would make no difference, as the parliament has zero power - repeat, ZERO POWER. The Commission can do what it wants, when it wants. End of story.

The real point of the election is how it will be perceived in the UK if UKIP run away with it - which it increasingly looks like it will do, although it will be tighter than the most recent polls suggest, I'd say.

Expect things to get even dirtier as we get closer to May 22nd.



Seasmoke's picture

Time to start wearing that racist badge with pride. As its utter bullshit. 

PT's picture


GetZeeGold's picture



I know....I can't find the words either.

Big Corked Boots's picture

What's British English for "dats raysis"?

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

"I say old chap...that's a tad off colour, don't you think?"