SUPPORT HS2 AND LOSE GENERAL ELECTION VOTES, LATEST COMRES POLL TELLS MPS.

HS2 ACTION ALLIANCE

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March 25, 2014.

 

SUPPORT HS2 AND LOSE GENERAL ELECTION VOTES, LATEST COMRES POLL TELLS MPS.

 

Political support for HS2 could lose Conservative party candidates votes at the next General Election – while Labour opposition to the current HS2 plans could gain the support of around a fifth of Britons.

 

A new ComRes poll for HS2 opposition group HS2AA shows  around three in ten Britons (28%) say they would be less likely to support the Conservative Party at the next election because of their support for HS2 – while around one fifth of Britons (19%) say they are more likely to support Labour if the party opposed the current plans for HS2.

 

ComRes interviewed 2,053 adults across Great Britain and the results made it clear that opposition to HS2 is steadfast, with 52% of Britons – a figure reflected in other independent polls – opposing the current plans to build HS2 while around 30% support them.

 

“HS2 is not a vote winner for the Conservative Party. 28% of Britons are less likely to vote for the party because of their plans to build HS2, and, by contrast, just 6% of Britons are more likely to support the party because of their plans to build HS2.  Amongst older Britons, a third (33%) of those aged 55 or over – the focus of last week’s budget – say they are less likely to support the Conservatives because of HS2,” said Richard Houghton of HS2 Action Alliance.

 

Respondents were asked: “To what extent, if any, are you more or less likely to support the Conservative Party at the next election because of their plans to build the HS2 rail line between London and the North of England?”

 

Statement %
A lot more likely to support the Conservative Party 2%
A little more likely to support the Conservative Party 4%
No difference 61%
A little less likely to support the Conservative Party 9%
A lot less likely to support the Conservative Party 19%
Don’t Know 5%

Base: GB adults aged 18+ (n=2,053)

 

“The regional breakdowns are even more telling.  HS2 is being sold as a vote winner in the West Midlands and North West – at the price of local opposition in mainly Tory safe seats along the route of HS2.  But the ComRes poll results indicate HS2 is strongly opposed by 24% in the North West, 22% in Yorkshire and Humberside as well as 27% in the East Midlands, with strong support for the proposals at just 6% in the North East, 10% in Yorkshire and 5% in the West Midlands,” said Richard Houghton.

 

“There is very little voter support for HS2 in the regions where HS2 is supposed to encourage support.  Just 2% of Britons in the North West and 2% of voters in the West Midlands say they are a lot more likely to support the Conservative party because of HS2, with 17% of voters in the West Midlands saying they are a lot less likely to support the party because of its plans for HS2.

 

“For Labour, the poll appears to show some increase in support if Labour were to oppose the current plans for HS2.  19% of Britons would be a little or a lot more likely to vote for Labour if they opposed current plans for HS2. Just 6% of voters say they would be a lot less likely to support Labour if it  opposed the project.”

 

Respondents were asked: “To what extent would, if any, would you be more or less likely to support the Labour Party if they opposed the current plans for HS2? Would it make you…”

 

Statement %
A lot more likely to support Labour 9%
A little more likely to support Labour 10%
No difference 64%
A little less likely to support Labour 6%
A lot less likely to support Labour 6%
Don’t Know 5%

 

“It now appears that the Conservative Party is paying a political price for its continued enthusiasm for the project. That price looks particularly high in those regions where it must do well if it wishes to form the next Government. The politics of HS2 now resemble the rest of the project-highly risky with little return,” said Richard Houghton.

 

“At over £1,500 per UK adult HS2 represents a gross waste of taxpayer’s money. This poll shows that HS2 is now a political problem for the Conservative Party. It’s time to stop this folly.”

 

ComRes interviewed 2,053 GB adults aged 18+ online between 14h and 16th March 2014. Data weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+.

 

ENDS

 

For further information please contact:

 

John Read

07774 476391

john.read@readdillon.com

or

Iain Macauley

07788-978800

im@pressrelations.co.uk

http://www.hs2actionalliance.org/