Labour Leave voters would switch to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party rather than vote for Tories, new study finds
- A study has found Labour party Brexiteers show greater affinity to Nigel Farage
- The results of the study have shown a distinct lack of support for Boris Johnson
- Just under half of a 30,000 strong group said Farage would get their votes
Labour Brexiteers are much more likely to switch to Nigel Farage than the Conservatives, a study has found.
Boris Johnson is hoping his robust stance on Brexit will help him snatch seats from Jeremy Corbyn in his party’s northern heartlands at an election.
But polling by The British Election Study found ‘very high levels of antipathy’ to the Tories among 2017 Labour voters, regardless of how they felt about Brexit.
The study interviewed over 30,000 participants just under half of which said they were more likely to vote for Farage than they were Boris Johnson
An analysis by Paula Surridge, of the University of Bristol, showed that even among those who strongly identified as Leavers only 12 per cent rated their likelihood of ever voting Tory as 6/10 or higher. In contrast, 40 per cent of that group said there was more than a 6/10 chance that they would vote for Mr Farage’s Brexit Party.
The British Election Study interviewed 30,842 people in March this year – before Mr Johnson became Tory leader.
Mr Farage has called for an electoral pact with the Conservatives – something emphatically ruled out by Downing Street.