Britain's ruling Labor Party traced behind the Conservatives by 10 percent in a new poll released on Sunday.
Published on the eve of local elections in England and Wales, the ICM survey put the Tories at 39 percent, Labor at 29 percent and the Liberal Democratic at 20 percent after polling over 1,000 adults by telephone, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
The survey showed that for the first time in a generation voters wish the Conservatives to win the next election. Some 44 percent of respondents think the Tories will win more seats in the parliament, compared with 35 percent who favor the Labor.
Analysts said if the poll is repeated at a general election, the Labor Party would be in a minority at the Commons.
A total of 63 percent of those polled think Labor has done too little to reduce the gap between the rich and poor, while 23 percent feel the government has got it "about right" and 8 percent say too much has been done.
It is estimated that the local elections on Thursday could see Labor lose as many as 200 council seats across the country, as well as control of London, if Boris Johnson, the Tory candidate for the Mayor of London, beats the incumbent Ken Living stone.
It is feared that the failure of the Labor in the local elections could spell a dooming prospect for the political future of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Labor Party.