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Tory leader and Prime Minister David Cameron is popular among the British Jewish community Getty

Labour and Ed Miliband have been dealt a pre-general election blow as only 22% of British Jews said they would vote for the party in May, according to a poll.

The Survation survey, of more than 500 British Jews between 2 and 7 April, found 68.9% of the respondents intend to vote for the Tories at the forthcoming election.

The research, conducted for The Jewish Chronicle, revealed 64% of the demographic thought Cameron was seen to have the best attitude towards British Jewry. In contrast, Miliband was seen as the best supporter of the community by only 13% of people.

Patrick Briône, director of research at Survation, told IBTimes UK the British Jewish vote could have some effect on some seats in London and Manchester.

"The Jewish population in the UK is quite concentrated on a number of a geographic areas so within those areas they might well form a not insignificant part of the electorate," he explained.

"In certain parts of London and Manchester there might be seats where votes from the Jewish community are going to be quite significant."

The study also found 60.5% of respondents thought the Tories offered the best policies on Israel and the Middle East, whereas only 7.7% of people surveyed thought the same for Labour.

In addition, almost three quarters (72.6%) of respondents said parties' attitudes towards Israel were important in influencing how they vote at the general election.

Elsewhere, a national poll from Populus put Labour two points ahead of the Tories (33% vs 31%). The survey was published after Tony Blair warned voters a referendum on European Union (EU) membership could diminish the UK.

Populus general election poll