In contrast to Brown's strength confirmed in a new Populus poll, David Cameron's weak leadership of the Tories is exposed.
Labour is up four points to 37 per cent since early last month and the Tories are down two at 34.
The Times concludes:
This is in line with two other recent polls and suggests that 14 months of a sustained Conservative lead has ended.More worrying for the Tory grandees is the fact that the percentage of voters who regard Mr Brown as strong has jumped by 14 points to 77 per cent over the past month - a gap of over 30 points over Cameron on strength.
Those saying Gordon Brown has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister is up 16 points to 57 per cent, compared with 37 per cent for David Cameron. Only 31 per cent now say they prefer Cameron to Brown for prime minister.