Ukip has gained ground because the traditional parties have lost touch with the everyday concerns of votersby Peter Kellner / December 19, 2014 / Leave a comment
2014 has been the year of the insurgents—Ukip and the Greens gaining ground, and the SNP overtaking Labour in Scotland. The SNP has plainly stolen Labour’s clothes as the party able to deliver progressive policies to help Scotland’s working-class voters; but new YouGov data suggests that the Ukip/Green story is a little more complex.
It is easy to see symmetry in what is going on—Ukip outflanking the Conservatives on the Right, while the Greens outflank Labour and the Liberal Democrats on the Left. Easy: but wrong. For the symmetry breaks down when we look at the outlook of the voters that have deserted the traditional parties.
From time to time we ask people where they place themselves on a scale from Left to Right. The following table shows this week’s results:
|All voters %||Green voters %||Labour voters %||Lib Dem voters %||UKIP voters %||Con voters %|