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Who will woo the “left-of-centres”?

Voters think our politics is far more polarised than it was during last year’s election

By Peter Kellner   February 2011

The Conservative-Lib Dem coalition has caused something odd to happen. It was supposed to usher in a more consensual form of politics. But as far as voters are concerned, the opposite has happened. They think our politics is far more polarised than it was during last year’s election.

From time to time YouGov asks people where they place themselves, our political parties and their leaders on a seven-point scale from left to right. We then give their answers a numerical value, from minus 100 for “very left-wing,” via 0 for centre to plus 100 for “very right-wing.” This allows us…

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