LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- A poll this week showed British voters are disenchanted with the Conservatives and downright hostile to their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats.
The YouGov-Sun poll gave Labor a lead of 11 percentage points, its largest lead since the general election in May 2010, The Guardian reported. A poll by Populus for The Times of London, showed Labor with 42 percent of the vote, 9 points ahead of the Tories.
In both polls, the Euro-skeptic United Kingdom Independence Party was in third place, ahead of the Liberal Democrats. In fact, UKip appeared to have gained more from voter discontent than Labor.
The budget put forward by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has angered retirees with the so-called granny tax and the Church of England with a proposal to expand value added taxes on repairs to listed historic buildings. Another plan to levy VAT on hot takeaway food has been widely ridiculed as the "pasty tax," a reference to Cornish pasties or meat pies.
The one Conservative who has been getting good news from the polls in London Mayor Boris Johnson. He got the highest approval rating, 48 percent, of nine political leaders in the Populus poll, while a YouGov poll shows him running 6 points ahead of his Labor rival, Ken Livingstone.
Prime Minister David Cameron trailed Johnson with voters at large but is still more popular than the flamboyant mayor among Conservatives.