The second Eastleigh by-election poll is out today, showing this time the Liberal Democrats ahead of the Conservatives.
As with the first poll, the gap between the parties is a statistically insignificant sliver.
Notable this time is that Labour is in fourth behind UKIP, despite some of Labour’s belated talking up of its prospects:
Belated, because we’ve already had Alan Johnson say Labour won’t win and a Labour councillor say the best result would be a Liberal Democrat victory.
Also of interest in the poll is this:
The Chris Huhne scandal appears to have only slightly dented Liberal Democrat support, with 70% of people and 86% of Liberal Democrat voters saying it would make no difference to their vote at all.
The Liberal Democrat candidate, selected last night, is Mike Thornton – a local councillor and chair of the local party. If you know fellow Eastleigh councillor and former London Assembly member Louise Bloom, you’ll also know that she speaks so extremely highly of him is also a very good sign of his credentials.