Labour would remain on course to regain all Red Wall seats and could expand overall support if it said Brexit was a mistake.
A poll commissioned by the Constitution Society and published today finds that there would be no electoral penalty for Labour if the Party said Brexit was a mistake, and that it could even gain from doing so. With its present stance of 'make Brexit work', Labour is projected to win 527 seats in the House of Commons, a majority of 404. If it said Brexit was a mistake, its seats total could rise to 550. Labour is currently on course to sweep all 42 Red Wall seats. This poll reveals that the Party would still be on course to win all 42 seats if it said Brexit was a mistake.
The poll found that, among the general population of Great Britain:
Among Red Wall voters:
Andrew Blick, Professor of Politics and Contemporary History, King's College London, and Senior Adviser to the Constitution Society said:
'Most Labour voters backed remain in 2016, and a majority of members of the public seem now to view Brexit as a mistake. But because of the way that the UK "First-Past-the-Post" voting system works, a particular viewpoint can achieve electoral importance out of proportion to its total popularity. Support for Brexit was high in a number of seats that Labour lost in 2019. The party seems to have drawn the conclusion that it cannot come back into power if it criticises Brexit. But, this polling suggests it is mistaken. On this evidence, criticism of Brexit might not be a dealbreaker in the Red Wall, and saying Brexit was a mistake could improve Labour's overall electoral performance.'
The Constitution Society is an independent educational foundation which works to promote public understanding of the UK constitution. We monitor constitutional developments and proposals for change, and assess them against core constitutional principles.
Find Out Now interviewed 1,862 GB adults across Great Britain and a further 1,457 GB adults living in "Red Wall" seats online from 10-14 March 2023. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults by gender, age, social grade, other demographics and past voting patterns. The sub-samples of those respondents who had a clear voting intention (excluding don't knows and refuseds) were also weighted to be representative. Full details are given in the tables (download Excel workbook).
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