James Forsyth

Labour’s economically inactive support

Labour's economically inactive support
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I’m fairly sceptical of polls at the moment, politics has been so unusual these past few weeks I’m not sure how worthwhile a snapshot is right now. But the breakdown of today’s numbers in The Times —Labour 30, Tories 42, and Lib Dems 19—does strike me as fascinating.

Peter Riddell points out the differences between public and private sector voting intentions. Amongst private sector workers the Tories are at 45, Labour 29 and the Lib Dems 17. But with public sector workers it is Tories 38, Labour 26 and lib Dem 17.

It is not that surprising that support for the party of the centre-right is higher among private sector workers. But what is interesting is the Labour numbers which show that the party receives its highest level of support among the economically inactive (its overall figure, 30 percent, is higher than its numbers among either private or public sector workers) and that the party receives more support among private sector workers than public sector ones.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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