If psephology is destiny, Cameron will be forced further to the right

David Cameron may have to spend the next three years courting voters to his right, increasingly distant from mainstream Britain.

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A YouGov survey for the Fabian Society has further confirmed that Labour’s poll advances are comparitively secure, coming mainly from disgruntled left-leaning 2010 Liberal Democrat voters who are unlikely to switch to either of the coalition parties:

David-Cameron-Nigel-Farage“Only 17 per cent of the group would even consider voting Conservative and 43 per cent Liberal Democrat (each defined as a 4 out of 10 chance or higher). This suggests that around half Labour’s new supporters are pretty much undetachable, even if the coalition parties stage a good recovery.

This ‘worst case’ level of support would still translate to Labour securing around 35 per cent in the next election, which guarantees another hung parliament.

“For the Tories to lead Labour pretty much all ‘Ed’s converts’ who would still consider voting Conservative or Liberal Democrat would need to switch their allegiance back. That’s not impossible, but it should be preventable.”

That means that if David Cameron tacks to the centre, he may be able to detach around 2 per cent of the overall vote from Ed Miliband’s Labour party.

However, given that UKIP are now polling regularly above 5 per cent in many surveys, it seems like David Cameron will be forced to tack right rather than left, further alienating the centre ground.

 


See also:

Vote 2012: The Expectation Game 3 May 2012

Even Tory voters want the cuts to be temporary 3 Aug 2011

Good Tory Results give Cameron a 2015 headache 9 May 2011


 

The YouGov/Fabian survey confirms the situation outlined by Left Foot Forward last May:

“The Westminster conventional wisdom – that Ed Miliband’s Labour Party is not doing well enough – appears to be based on two contradictory notions. The first is that Labour needs to build a larger opinion poll lead than its current typical 4-5 per cent,  as it will gradually erode before the next election.

“The other is that the Tory vote is holding up – as evidenced by last week’s election results. But if, in effect, the Tories have not lost any votes to Labour, it’s hard to see what erosion can take place.

“Both opinion polling and the local election results provisionally point to the same picture: Labour has picked up votes from the Liberal Democrats, but not from the Conservatives.

“So, for example, from the findings of the latest Ipsos-Mori [May 2011] monthly poll, we find that almost 20 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters have gone over to Labour, only 3 per cent of Conservatives have. In fact, 5 per cent of Lib Dem voters have gone over to the Tories…

If Cameron is to claw back those four to five points, it’s not going to come from Labour – who are either voters that stood with the party through the nadir of 2010, or are former Lib Dem voters, presumably unhappy with the decision of Nick Clegg to go into the coalition.”

The coalition was thought to have enabled David Cameron to anchor the Tories in the centre ground, but it appears the opposite is true: He may have to spend the next three years courting voters to his right, increasingly distant from mainstream Britain.

 


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15 Responses to “If psephology is destiny, Cameron will be forced further to the right”

  1. Marcus A. Roberts

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  8. Viv

    If psephology is destiny, Cameron will be forced further to right http://t.co/mKRUAnwi < Chimes w/ comments made at council elections. Scary

  9. Anonymous

    Doesn’t matter. Nothing changes reality. The UK government is bust, and politicians have their heads up their arses when it comes to debts.

  10. Rachel Megan Barker

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  11. Blarg1987

    I think, all political parties are at a turning point, as to show who they stand for, the Consservatives want to appear a little left, but are being forced to go right throuhg their valuees and sponsors, Labour who was origionally a left wing party is beginning to slowly go back that way after the era of new labour, the lib dems will have to decide what they will stand for as either way they are going to take a battering, although I hope it is individual MP’s and ministers and not the whole party as some of them are pretty good in all fairness.

    The parties that have not really changed are UKIP and the Greens as they are to small to be credible goverments, for the time being that is, but they will eat away are votes on both sides of the political spectrum untill the bigger parties sore themselves out.

    I hope this could lead long term to more coalitions, albiet with parties sticking to their core values, which will lead to a wider choice and re engege people into voting 🙂

  12. Anonymous

    Labour didn’t do well at the locals, though, their success was primarily due to the Tory vote falling off due to their being no referendum this time around, and former LibDem voters not voting at all.

    Labour will end up out of power if they keep on deliberately alienating the left, since the Tory voters WILL come out for the general election, as they did for the referendum.

  13. Anonymous

    “Don’t bother voting, my party’s in power and I’m fine with that”

    Quite.

  14. Anonymous

    Er? Labour have tacked sharply rightwards. The Tories are not pretending to do anything remotely left-leaning.

    The LibDems are dead. We’re back to basically 2 parties. If you want more choice, then you need to support PR. It’s the only way which the left will have a voting option this generation…

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