Poll reveals support for Ukip MP

Almost three quarters of those who voted Ukip in last week's European election would be prepared to support an MP from Nigel Farage's party, an opinion poll has found.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage's party could enjoy more support at next year's general election, a new poll suggests
This charming man - Nigel Farage

The study indicates that the swing to Ukip in the European ballot may be more than just the result of protest votes which will be reversed in next year's general election.

The ComRes poll for ITV News found 72% of those who voted Ukip this year could see themselves voting for the party at a general election.

Some 14% of Ukip voters said they could not see themselves voting for an MP from the party, with 14% undecided.

Overall, the survey found 27% of Britons could see themselves voting for Ukip at a general election, with 55% saying they could not envisage casting a vote for an MP from Mr Farage's party.

Among those who voted Conservative in 2010, a third (33%) said they could see themselves voting Ukip at a general election, compared with 25% of 2010 Lib Dem voters and 18% of 2010 Labour voters.

More than one in 10 (11%) of those who voted Tory in last week's European election could see themselves voting for Ukip at a general election, compared with 7% for Labour and 3% for the Lib Dems.

ComRes interviewed 2,060 British adults between May 23 and 26. Data were weighted to be representative of all British adults.