Poll shows that Conservatives are now considered more right wing than UKIP

The ComRes survey suggests that Labour could lose centre-ground votes to Farage.

The ComRes survey suggests that Labour could lose centre-ground votes to Farage

A shocking poll published in the Independent yesterday showed that voters view the Conservatives as more right wing than UKIP.

The poll, carried out by ComRes for the Sunday Mirror and the Independent on Sunday, asked people to position themselves on a political spectrum from 0 to 10, with 0 meaning ‘very left wing’ and 10 meaning ‘very right wing’.

On this scale, UKIP’s average score was 6.6, while the Conservatives’  was 6.9. The Liberal Democrats were placed at 4.9, and Labour at 4.1.

There were some interesting disparities between the positioning of parties and their leaders;  David Cameron’s average score was 6.8 and Nick Clegg’s 5.1, showing how the coalition government has compromised the standing of both leaders with their respective supporters.

Ed Miliband scored 4.1 along with his party, and Nigel Farage scored 6.6. The Green Party is viewed as the most left wing, with an average score of 4.06.

Interestingly, Conservative voters consider the Conservatives more right-wing than UKIP voters consider UKIP. Conservatives also view themselves as more right wing than UKIP voters consider themselves.

This suggests that there are shifting perspectives about the definition of right wing. The perceived elitism of the Tories and the perceived racism of UKIP seem to be equal contenders for what it means to be right wing in modern Britain.

The average voter placed themselves at 5.3, just right of centre.

The poll shows that the Labour party are perceived as being closer to the average person than the Conservatives, who are considered more right wing than Prince Charles. However the poll could still spell bad news for Milband’s party, as it suggests that UKIP are beginning to encroach on centre-left voters.

When given a choice of Cameron, Miliband, Clegg, Farage and Boris Johnson, 43 per cent of those questioned said they would choose to have a meal with Boris Johnson, compared to 15 per cent who chose Miliband. Boris was also the most popular choice to have on a pub quiz team, and to have as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. 

29 per cent said that they would choose David Cameron to give them first aid in an emergency, compared with 21 per cent who chose Ed Miliband and 25 per cent who chose Nick Clegg.

Ed Miliband scored better on social issues, with 26 per cent of those questioned choosing the Labour leader to give advice to the poor on how to feed themselves, and 33 per cent choosing him to improve standards for working people.

Only three per cent of people who intend to vote for the Conservatives would most like to have a meal with Ed Miliband, and four per cent of Labour voters would choose to dine with Cameron.

A huge 44 per cent of people questioned said they would choose to spend Christmas with Boris Johnson, but only 15 per cent would choose him to administer first aid in an emergency.

The poll highlights the fact that being popular and being trusted do not always go hand in hand, and shows how unpredictable the election results remain.

Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow her on Twitter

22 Responses to “Poll shows that Conservatives are now considered more right wing than UKIP”

  1. Selohesra

    Hardly a great revelation there as UKIP don’t claim to be right wing – that is just demonization by Labour & their broadcasting arm at BBC. Traditional Labour voters are switching to UKIP in the same way as they once did to BNP. Fortunately though UKIP is not racist and also attacts people from across the political spectrum.

  2. Blakenburg

    When all the myth calling slogans from the Tories, Labour/Greens and the once Liberal Democrats are taken away. You see that UKIP Policies that should have been adopted by the former parties, are really what the people want and will be voting accordantly !

  3. JoeDM

    EU exit and control over immigration are issues that cover the entire Left / Right spectrum.

  4. Guest

    Keep pumping out the lies, as you make unbacked claims about the left.

    UKIP has many racist members, and is of the far right. Facts. That you lash out against those facts shows your hate, as you make up lies about the BBC.

    Thanks for doing good work to undo your party’s propaganda with your obvious nonsense. Anyone left wing who hung out with UKIP members would be taking their life into their hands.

  5. Leon Wolfeson

    Nope, your isolationist views are of the right.

    The people on the left who want reform are not standing with you.

  6. Leon Wolfeson

    So their propaganda is working, sad.

  7. Guest

    Ah right, so once you block all other political views, and only yours are allowable…

  8. David Lindsay

    Of course the Lib Dems are now an uncomplicatedly right-wing party. And of course UKIP is now to the left of the Conservatives. Therefore, UKIP is also to the left of the Lib Dems.

    The Conservatives and the Lib Dems are to the right of a party neither of whose MPs voted yesterday to save the English firemen’s pensions.

    Yes, there certainly is still a left-right split. Yes, it certainly is still about economics. No, that is not the only thing in politics. But then, it never has been.

    In five months’ time, we shall be asked to do to the Britain of 2015, through our parliamentary process, what it took a military coup to do to the Chile of 1973.

  9. Leon Wolfeson

    No, it took a revolution. The Coalition delivered one, not least in the fixed-term parliament act.

  10. Selohesra

    Come on Leon talk sense! – yes UKIP have racist members as to Labour & the Tories – nothing to be proud of but also not much they can do to stop it.
    As to lies about the Left are you denying that the unfortunate areas where BNP have in the past achieved electoral success are Labour heartlands or do you think these places are really right wing Tory areas? And while we are at it don’t forget the National Socialists (clue is in the name if you need help)

  11. Blakenburg

    Who mentioned blocking other parties policies ??????? It was down to them to bring in policies which attracted the Electorate. They did not, so it was the new party named UKIP that introduced them. hence the support UKIP receives. And they are not Right Wing nor Left Wing !

  12. Blakenburg

    There has been more Far Right in the Labour Party, where BNP members became Labour Councillors !

  13. Blakenburg

    Yes, UKIP is a broad church and does indeed attracts people , (not attack people as you wrote,) across the political spectrum. Many more will come to the UKIP camp, but loyalties to the other party holds them back for a while until such time they say enough is enough and then they wll say ”Should have joined UKIP a long time ago” !

  14. Blakenburg

    Only the Left Politicians are not standing because they are frightened of their own shadow to do so. It is their ordinary supporters that wish to stand on the policy of EU Exit !

  15. Leon Wolfeson

    Keep making up nonsense, it’s your right who are afraid of those nasty Europeans.

  16. Guest

    Ah yes, 30 years later some people change and join a different party. But of course you have problems with people like Ray Hill.

    Your buddies retain their views. Today.

  17. Guest

    Thanks, LB, for your standard excuses for your far right views, as you spew your usual excuses for your Dear Party, using nonsense and crap (the Nazis were anti-Communist, not socialist).

    And your revisionism, as you try to make out a low turnout by the left magically becomes votes for your hate…

  18. Leon Wolfeson

    Yes, the remaining BNP will come across. And more of the far right.

    To you, this is a “spectrum”. A spectrum of hates, to be sure.

  19. Guest

    You did. Very clearly, as ever.

    UKIP rejected it’s own manifesto and is yet to publish another…as you frantically deny UKIP’s right wing stance. You’re showing you’ll do anything, tell any lie, for your Dear Party.

  20. Blakenburg

    OK ! Carry on with your fantasy world. You do not seem to be of this world !

  21. Keith M

    Both of em in the fascist mould.

  22. Jimmy

    I stand firmly on the left. I am absolutely for most left-wing policies, however, do have some opinions which prove closer to UKIPs than they do pro-immigration parties.

    Net migration is higher than natural growth (which would include births from migrant families or second/third generation immigrant-British). This is an issue not just in the sense of keeping this country Britain for the British but we’re currently going through a crisis that expands out further than just our economy.

    I’ve heard mentions of UKIP thinking this country is full, but actually, if you think about it properly and link it with Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign, it absolutely is full! The housing crisis exists because there’s simply not enough homes. The average age to move out of home is 37.

    If immigrants are flooding the country and living in social housing and sometimes private rented housing, then we are without a doubt going to suffer even more so from the crisis.

    The bigger problems with UKIP isn’t actually the party, it’s actually that a lot of their voters are supposedly racist and of course have defected from voting Tories.

    Though I still wouldn’t vote UKIP, much too right-wing for me. The best way to solve the housing crisis is to actually build houses (though immigration control would be nice too)

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