Matt Foster, PoliticsHome||The Conservatives have slumped to one of their lowest-ever poll results as supporters appeared to be switching their allegiance to Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.
A fresh survey of Westminster voting intention by pollster ComRes put the Tories on just 23% support, a full 10 points behind Labour and just nine points ahead of the week-old Eurosceptic outfit.
The poll – commissioned by the Brexit Express pressure group – is the first Westminster study to include the Brexit Party launched last week by former UKIP leader Mr Farage. In a boost for Jeremy Corbyn, a third (33%) of voters said they intended to back Labour at the next election – while the Brexit Party registered 17% support. Blow for Tories and Labour as Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party takes EU elections poll leadWATCH: Tory MP hints that she could vote for Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party in EU election Nigel Farage will lead new Brexit party as founding boss quits over anti-Islam tweets
ComRes chief executive Andrew Hawkins told the Daily Telegraph: “This is the lowest Tory support I can remember in 16 years in this job.
“For months now polls have been showing a build-up of anger and frustration among voters, and while Ukip are now seen as being beyond the pale, the Brexit Party has made a protest vote acceptable again – it is offering voters an opportunity to scratch the itch of Brexit.”
The study shows that only 53% of 2017 Conservative voters say they would vote for the Tories again in the next general election.