Lib Dems lose support after Budget
Support for the Liberal Democrats has declined sharply in the aftermath of last week's Budget, according to a poll.
Lib Dem backing fell from 23% to 18% since a similar poll on June 20, the ComRes survey for The Independent showed.
The party's senior coalition partners, the Tories, enjoyed a surge of support over the same period, from 36% to 40%.
Labour's score increased by one point to 31%.
The poll follows Chancellor George Osborne's announcement of massive spending cuts and tax rises in the Budget.
Tensions between the coalition Government and Lib Dem backbenchers have intensified in response to the Budget programme.
ComRes also found that only 68% of people who voted Lib Dem in May's general election said they would do the same now.
The poll suggested that support was more likely to go to Labour than the Tories.
ComRes telephoned a random sample of 1,003 British adults June 25 and 27. Data were weighted demographically and by past vote.