The new third party
UKIP ends the year with an average rating in the opinion polls higher than the Liberal Democrats. UKIP is on 10%, excluding Survation, which mentions the party in its voting intention question, and on 11% if Survation is included.
The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, are on an average of 9%.
My collation of the last polls of the year from the nine main polling companies produces the following figures for UKIP, ordered by date of end of fieldwork:
Ipsos-MORI 10/12/2012 7%
ComRes online 14/12/2012 14%
Survation 14/12/2012 14%
Populus 16/12/2012 10%
ComRes tel 16/12/2012 9%
TNS-BMRB 17/12/2012 12%
YouGov 23/12/2012 8%
ICM 23/12/2012 7%
Opinium 27/12/2012 15%
Photograph of Nigel Farage by Justin SutcliffeTagged in: opinion polling, ukip
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