A poll conducted after the Tory party conference last month showed that they were down one percentage point over the previous month, while Labour was up three points.
So they received none of the usual boost that the high media profile and set piece speeches give these parties after their conferences, in fact the opposite.
I'm not surprised. Telling everyone that they are going to have to work a year longer before they get a pension is hardly popular. Nor is the constant refrain that cuts in the public sector, of both jobs and services, are absolutely necessary to overcome the budget deficit.