Pollster Find Out Now and election experts Electoral Calculus have run an MRP poll on voting intention for Westminster in the presence of an electoral pact on behalf of the Constitution Society. This was a large-scale poll, involving over 16,000 respondents, carried out from 9 to 12 May 2022.
The poll asked England and Wales residents whether and how they intend to vote if there were an imminent general election and there was an electoral pact between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party.
The question assumed that there was an electoral pact between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party throughout England and Wales. It was also assumed that the pact did not apply in Scotland, and that Plaid Cymru were not included.
It was also assumed that the 573 seats in England and Wales were allocated between the pact parties, so that only one of the pact parties would stand a candidate in each seat. The method of seat selection was as follows:
See Appendix 2 for the full list of seat selections.
This poll is very similar to the questions asked in a previous poll conducted in June 2021, although public opinion has changed markedly since then.
The headline table of predicted seats is
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Prediction based on opinion poll from 9-12 May 2022 to 24 Apr 2022, sampling 16,279 people.
These results show that an electoral pact between Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Greens could make a fundamental difference to the outcome of a general election.
Current opinion polls show that Labour might be largest party after a fresh general election, but there is no guarantee that it would have enough seats for an outright overall majority. The latest Electoral Calculus monthly poll of polls suggests that Labour would be short about 10 seats of a majority. The recent local election results also suggest that Labour's support is partial and patchy.
But if there were an electoral pact between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens in England and Wales, then the Conservatives could lose two-thirds of their seats and would be ejected from government. The pact parties would have a landslide victory, with a parliamentary majority of over 300 seats.
Within the pact, all three parties benefit from it. Labour nearly doubles its seat total. The Liberal Democrats go up to 71 seats, which would be the best Liberal performance since 1923. And the Greens could win 17 seats compared to their existing single seat. This could be perceived as win-win-win for these three parties.
The poll did not include Scotland and the calculations assumed no change to the 2019 election result there. In Wales, the poll suggests that Plaid might lose a couple of seats to the pact.
Respondents were asked two questions. The first was a general question of likelihood to vote.Q1. We know that many people in your area didn't vote in the last general election. How likely do you think you are to vote in the next general election on a scale from 0 to 10? (10 - certain to vote, 0 - certain not to vote) The second question depends on the constituency that the respondent lives in. In general terms, the question has the format Q2. Suppose at the next general election that all the usual political parties are standing in your seat except that the [OTHER PARTY1] and [OTHER PARTY2] have agreed not to stand and are asking their supporters to vote [SELECTED PARTY]. Which party, if any, would you vote for, in this general election? This had three particular instances, depending on which pact party was selected for the relevant seat. These question variants were: Q2A. [For voters in seats selected for Labour] Suppose at the next general election that all the usual political parties are standing in your seat except that the Liberal Democrats and the Greens have agreed not to stand and are asking their supporters to vote Labour. Which party, if any, would you vote for, in this general election? Q2B. [For voters in seats selected for the Liberal Democrats] Suppose at the next general election that all the usual political parties are standing in your seat except that Labour and the Greens have agreed not to stand and are asking their supporters to vote Liberal Democrat. Which party, if any, would you vote for, in this general election Q2C. [For voters in seats selected for the Green party] Suppose at the next general election that all the usual political parties are standing in your seat except that Labour and the Liberal Democrats have agreed not to stand and are asking their supporters to vote Green. Which party, if any, would you vote for, in this general election? Respondents were not given the option of voting for a pact party which was not selected for their own seat. Respondents were given the additional option of "Would not vote" if the existence of the pact made them to decide on that.
Professor Andrew Blick, Professor of Politics and Contemporary History, King's College London and Senior Adviser to the Constitution Society, said "There are various political and practical obstacles to bringing into being the pact we have modelled for this poll. However, the results suggest that – if the three parties are willing and able to overcome these blockages – it could enable them to remove the Conservatives from power. What happened next would depend on how far the three parties had coordinated in advance. But it could involve policy commitments that might include a permanent change in the electoral system, and possibly a lasting change in the political balance of power in the UK."Martin Baxter, founder of Electoral Calculus, said "This poll builds on last year's work to show that an electoral pact would make a huge impact to British politics. The pact parties would benefit greatly at the expense of the Conservatives if they decided to work together. A majority of the public would back such a deal, and the question is whether the parties themselves could agree to do it." Chris Holbrook, founder of Find Out Now, said "Politicians and voters are sceptical about electoral pacts, at least in the UK. Overseas they are much more common place. It will be interesting to see if Labour and the Liberal Democrats think they have enough in common to do a pact. How keen are they to get rid of Boris Johnson in particular and the Conservatives overall?"
Find Out Now polled 16,279 adults in England and Wales online between 9-12 May 2022. The sample was weighted to be representative by gender, age, social grade, other demographics and past voting patterns. Regression techniques were used to infer projected seat results.
Both Find Out Now and Electoral Calculus are members of the British Polling Council and abide by its rules.
The data tables are available.
The Constitution Society is an independent, non-party educational foundation which works to promote informed debate about constitutional reform. Founded in 2009, its academic staff carry out in-depth research on constitutional topics.
Electoral Calculus is a political consultancy specialising in quantitative analysis and modelling for electoral and other market research projects. Its pre-poll prediction for the 2019 general election was the most accurate published forecast. It was founded by Martin Baxter, its CEO.
Find Out Now gathers poll responses from Pick My Postcode, a daily panel from 2.6 million members. Highly profiled respondents can be targeted instantly, and at scale to deliver reliable results fast. More than 73 million responses have been received to Find Out Now's polls since it launched in November 2018. Find Out Now are Market Research Society Company Partners and a member of the British Polling Council.
Modern polling analysis often uses statistical regression techniques to get more accurate and geographically detailed results. Also called MRP (multi-level regression and post stratification) they have been used successfully by Electoral Calculus and other pollsters to predict general elections, local elections and the 2019 European elections.
These techniques work by spotting patterns between people's demographic characteristics and their likelihood to vote for various parties.
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Kingswood, Knowsley, Lancashire West, Lancaster and Fleetwood, Leeds Central, Leeds East, Leeds North East, Leeds North West, Leeds West, Leicester East, Leicester South, Leicester West, Leicestershire North West, Leicestershire South, Leigh, Lewisham Deptford, Lewisham East, Lewisham West and Penge, Leyton and Wanstead, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool Riverside, Liverpool Walton, Liverpool Wavertree, Liverpool West Derby, Llanelli, Loughborough, Louth and Horncastle, Luton North, Luton South, Macclesfield, Maidstone and The Weald, Makerfield, Maldon, Manchester Central, Manchester Gorton, Manchester Withington, Mansfield, Meriden, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East, Milton Keynes North, Milton Keynes South, Mitcham and Morden, Monmouth, Morecambe and Lunesdale, Morley and Outwood, Neath, New Forest East, Newark, Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Newcastle upon Tyne East, Newcastle upon Tyne North, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newport East, Newport 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