Britain's new political star keeps on rising as he beats rivals again in TV debate   2010-04-23 08:27:50 FeedbackPrintRSS

Special Report: British General Elections 2010

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(From L to R) British Conservative Party Leader David Cameron, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, British Liberal Democrat Party Leader Nick Clegg. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

BRISTOL, Britain, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Political attention in the British general election campaign on Thursday focused on the second of the live TV debates between the leaders of the three main parties, with viewers tuning in to see if current Golden Boy Nick Clegg could do it again -- and he did.

According to an instant telephone poll of 4,000 voters carried out by polling company ComRes right after the broadcast, the winner again was the Liberal Democrat leader Clegg with 33 percent of viewers saying he was the best. His opponents, Labor prime minister Gordon Brown and the Conservative's David Cameron were tied on 30 percent.

Another poll for the Sun by YouGov, put Cameron ahead on 36 percent, with Clegg second on 32 percent and Brown third on 29 percent.

It was not the huge level of support for Clegg that viewers showed last week when one poll said 65 percent of viewers saw him as the winner.

But, with hundreds of national and international media watching and waiting for the Clegg bandwagon to crash and burn, it kept on rolling. The two-party model of British politics that has endured beyond living memory remains on course for the breakers' yard.

Editor: Zhang Xiang

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