Polls show Cameron won final British election TV debate

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The leader of Britain's main opposition Conservatives, David Cameron, was the winner of the final leaders' TV debate Thursday ahead of next week's general election, according to two instant polls.

A survey by pollster YouGov for The Sun newspaper put Cameron on 41 percent, against 32 percent for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, with Prime Minister Gordon Brown trailing third on 25 percent.

The pollster quizzed 1,151 viewers.

A poll for ITV television news, conducted by ComRes, put Cameron on 35 percent; Clegg on 33 percent; and Brown on 26 percent.

The pollster also asked viewers their voting intentions, and found a draw between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on 36 percent. Labour trailed on 24 percent.

The third and final television showdown in Birmingham, central England, was focused on the economy.

The surveys indicated Brown failed in his attempt to recover from a campaign trail gaffe on Wednesday, in which he labelled an elderly widow "bigoted" after she challenged him on immigration.

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