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Labour lead over PN up one point, Muscat’s trust lead over Busuttil down from 9 to 8 points

A sign of disgruntlement among traditional Labour voters has emerged in MaltaToday’s polls with one-tenth of respondents who voted Labour in the 2008 general election trusting neither Opposition leader Simon Busuttil, nor Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and saying they will not vote if an election were held now.

But none of these Labour voters would vote PN and only 2% said they trust Busuttil more than Muscat. On the other hand, nearly 33% of switchers – those who voted PN in 2008 and PL in 2013 – are now back in the PN fold.

This suggests that if Muscat manages to convince disgruntled traditional PL voters to return to the fold, his party would enjoy a much stronger lead over the PN. It also suggests the PN needs to appeal to this category of voters to further reduce the gap.

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