Conservative activists are reporting a surge in support, Shadow Foreign Secretary Michael Ancram said during a visit to the West Midlands yesterday.
He shrugged off opinion polls suggesting the party was still behind, as he toured marginal seats in the region.
Mr Ancram, the Tory deputy leader, met the party's candidates for Birmingham Edgbaston and Selly Oak, in Edgbaston, before heading to Shrewsbury and Atcham and The Wrekin.
He said: "We are getting a very enthusiastic reception in the constituencies I have been to. The reports are of strong Conservative support, and people who have voted Labour in the past saying they will vote for us this time.
"The polls are all over the place and they do not reflect what we are seeing on the ground. The feeling is much more enthusiastic than it was four years ago, when it was quite difficult to get much enthusiasm among your own supporters."
The mood in Edgbaston in particular was different to in 2001, he said.
"I am very hopeful about that seat," he said.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have turned their sights on Hodge Hill, where they believe Labour is struggling to motivate voters.
Charles Kennedy's party is diverting some resources away from Yardley, its main target seat in Birmingham, to make a last-minute push in Hodge Hill. Party insiders say they are already confident of taking Yardley from Labour.
In the last General Election, Labour won Hodge Hill with a majority of 11,618.
But in a by-election last year, this was slashed to 460.
A Lib Dem source said: "Many people thought the seat would return to being fairly safe for Labour in a General Election, but that doesn't seem to be happening."