The Conservatives’ core vote is leaking away in the run-up to the election with just a quarter of pensioners planning to back the party, a new poll suggests. The Mail has the story.
Just 26% of over-65s say they plan to vote for the Tories at the next election, according to a super-poll of 5,000 people by Redfield & Wilton Strategies.
This is down from an estimated 60% who backed the party under Boris Johnson at the 2019 election.
Some 32% of pensioners now plan to vote Labour, giving Sir Keir a lead over Rishi Sunak in every age group of eligible voters.
But in a sign that is likely to cause more concern at CCHQ, there was a marked surge in support among pensioner for the Reform Party when [Sunak] sacked Suella Braverman as Home Secretary last year.
It suggests that a sizeable chunk of Right-leaning pensioners are drifting away from the Tories, with the small boats crisis and deportation flights to Rwanda the latest trigger. The party has not had the support of more than 50% of pensioners since the resignation of Owen Paterson over lobbying in 2021.
Maybe when the Conservatives promised at successive elections to slash immigration and control borders they should have actually done it rather than liberalise immigration rules and fail to stop the boats. Just a thought.
Worth reading in full.