Poll: UK Labour Party gains on opposition

LONDON (AP) -- A new poll indicates Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Labour Party are closing in on Britain's opposition Conservative Party.

The Ipsos Mori November Political Monitor found 40 percent of respondents supported the Conservatives and 37 percent backed Labour.

The three-point gap is not statistically significant, and is the closest Labour has been in the survey since March. The Conservatives led 45 percent to 30 percent in October.

Half of new respondents were unhappy with Brown's performance, down from 69 percent two months ago.

Just 17 percent though the economy would improve in the next 12 months, versus 24 percent in October.

The poll questioned 1,002 adults Nov. 2-4 for an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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