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Tory support amongst motorists plummets – new poll

23 Nov 2023 3 minute read

Emily Price

Support for the Tories amongst members of a prominent pro-driver campaign group has more than halved since the Conservatives came to power, a new survey has revealed.

An online poll by FairFuelUK of almost 42,000 drivers found that 31 percent would today vote Labour while only 20 percent would support the Conservatives.

The survey was carried between November 8th and 16th by the campaign group which has recorded voting intention data from its supporters for 13 years.

In 2011, 43 percent of people polled said they supported the Conservative party.

However, by 2023 voter intention for the Tories had dropped to just 20 percent.

In the same period, voter intention for Labour started at 19 percent in 2011 and increased to 31 percent this year.

The data also revealed a surprising 12% surge in support for the right-wing populist political party, Reform UK.

FairFuelUK voter intention graph

Anti-motorist

Attempts to portray Labour as an anti-motorist party have been at the forefront of the Conservative pre-election campaign in recent months.

The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has referenced the decision by the Labour Welsh Government to introduce a 20mph default speed limit as an example of the anti-motorist ideals of Keir Starmer’s party.

Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies has previously said the contrast between Rishi Sunak’s recent ‘pro-motorist’ policies and the Welsh Government “couldn’t be more stark”.

However, Howard Cox Founder of FairFuelUK and Reform UK’s London Mayoral Candidate said the Conservative government in Westminster has presided over a “plethora” of costly anti-motoring policies which have hurt the economy.

Distrusted

He said: “The traditional easy cash cow targets have had enough with the Tories. A party I have voted for, for 50 years is now distrusted by millions of motorists.

“I never thought I’d see the day that Labour would be more electorally popular than the Tories on driving and transport issues.

“FairFuelUK supporters are very discouraged with the Conservatives on crime and economy policies, and now significantly believe they don’t deserve the driver’s support at the ballot box either.

“I’m not even sure a 20p cut in fuel duty would turn them around. The disappointment in this Government is now deep seated. But if I was Jeremy Hunt, I’d give that fiscal plan a real go.

“No ifs no buts Mr Hunt, it’s time to lead the world on fairer fuel taxation and delivering honest filling up costs.

“That means cutting fuel duty and fully implementing PumpWatch. FairFuelUK supporters and millions of drivers are frustrated with a Conservative government that has presided over a plethora of costly anti-motoring policies that have hurt the economy, penalised low income families and needlessly added to the costs of running a small business.

“Time to recognise drivers are part of the solution to lowering inflation, not a bottomless source of tax revenue.

“Reform UK is the new kid on the block, with thousands of FairFuelUK’s long time Tory supporters migrating to Richard Tice’s common sense going for growth plans. That’s why those finding themselves in a Tory generated political wilderness, now back Reform 100%.”

Richard Tice, Leader of Reform UK said: “The message is getting through, if you worry about the cost of living, if you care about small businesses, if you want your family and the country to succeed, the Conservatives no longer represent you, Reform UK does.”


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Jeff
Jeff
3 months ago

Tice huh. No chance i would ever vote for his mob. Brexit, farage, the legacy of harm to the uk his kind inflicted. Same as the Tory party really then.

cons play the trope war on the motorist but forget the prices us mortals have to pay. Insurance, taxed twice on petrol, repairs, parts, tyres.

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

But if Reform yUK splits the far right and REALLY far right vote that should help crash the Tory vote even further.

Padi Phillips
Padi Phillips
3 months ago
Reply to  Sarah Good

That’s the hope, but it still rankles somewhat that anyone could be so selfish as to consider voting for fascists due to something so relatively trivial as vehicle fuel prices.

Some perspective: a gallon of 2 star petrol in 1975 cost around 55p, which adjusted for inflation is £6.82. A gallon of unleaded is currently around £6.99, so not a huge change over time really.

It’s just sad that there are no imaginative and progressive alternatives to vote for.

Rob
Rob
3 months ago
Reply to  Padi Phillips

Taking into account fuel efficiency of modern vehicles, petrol is actually cheaper per mile than it was just after the fuel price shocks of the 70s.

Jeff
Jeff
3 months ago
Reply to  Rob

We are not in the 70’s though (I appreciate the comparison and why) 50+ quid on a good day for a small hatchback 95ron and a large chunk of that is taxed, that is a big lump of loot for many when other spending costs are so high. in the 70’s not everyone had a car, usually to get to a job (my peers parents as a metric.). Not everyone had a phone in the house, that was a posh add on. Now the car is everything, job, shopping, looking after family etc. My insurance went up £60 on last… Read more »

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
3 months ago
Reply to  Padi Phillips

Oh I totally agree. But out of those poor choices, now I have decided I will not vote for genocide apologists the decision has been made easier for me. In the GE it’s PC.

Jeff
Jeff
3 months ago
Reply to  Sarah Good

I cannot see the UK ordinary people going anywhere when the chance that a Tory Party retains power. My vote is going to one certain to unseat my car crash (literally) Tory MP. In better days I could vote plaid. Cons. They are an existential threat to the UK now.

Cons get back in, they will continue ruination and sell off the UK (Palantir just got all the English NHS data) and if Trump gets in, you really don’t want to be in that world with a Tory Party at the helm.

But it’s your X.

David
David
3 months ago

Thanks to Plaid and Labour motorists are using more petrol than ever with the stupid blanket 20mph! And more fuel emissions.

Jeff
Jeff
3 months ago
Reply to  David

How so? My average MPG hasn’t budged.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
3 months ago
Reply to  David

It’s NOT a blanket 20mph, it’s a default with exceptions.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
3 months ago

Hey! ‘Reform UK’. I agree. It needs to be re-formed into Independent countries to remove the strangling iron fist of centralised Westminster Empire control. Bring it on!

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