Published On: Fri, Nov 8th, 2019

Election news: Low income families turn on Labour with one million to back Farage | Politics | News


The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) found Labour have lost 10 percent of their support from voters with a household income of lower than £17,000 since April. These means just 36 percent of these voters are backing Jeremy Corbyn’s party. As reported by The Telegraph, 18 percent of these voters will vote for the Brexit Party, accounting for 1.4 million votes.

The Tories have increased by four percent in the same period, enjoying 23 percent whilst 13 percent say they would back the Liberal Democrats, an increase of three percent.

The CSJ ‘Breadline Battleground’ report has found 45 percent of these voters regard the opposition party as “out of touch” whilst also regarding them as the party most “concerned about supporting people on low-income.”

Just three percent of those polled described the Tories as “compassionate”, while half believe the party “only cares about the rich” and 38 percent say they would “never” vote for them.

CSJ Chief Executive Andy Cook said: “We’re serving up evidence that low-income Britons make up a big voting bloc in our swing seats.

“The party leaders need to win them over and, on this evidence, they have a mountain to climb.

“No one comes out well in our survey with most poorer voters having been forgotten by their local canvassers and MP.”

He explained: “The Labour Party can only muster support from just over a third of the poorest voters and they see Labour as the most out of touch of the lot.

“The evidence shows a major swing from Labour’s target voters to the Brexit Party, who seem to take slightly smaller bites out of the Conservatives.

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The most recent forecast looks at polls from October 25 to November 4 which sampled 15,917 people.

The Tories are forecast to gain 373 seats, with Labour forecast to pick up 182.

The Liberal Democrats are predicted to pick up 25, and whilst Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party are forecasted to get 10.2 percent of the votes, this does not translate to a single seat.

The calculus estimates a 60 percent chance of a Tory majority.

This will be Mr Corbyn’s second general election as Labour leader.

It will be the first as party leader for Boris Johnson and Jo Swinson.

Mr Farage was Ukip leader at the 2015 general election.

The MEP will not stand in the December 12 poll.

In 2015, he stood in South Thanet and registered 32.4 percent which until this year’s European election was his best voter share performance, but he lost 2,812 votes to Tory Craig Mackinlay.



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