Just one in 5 back the chancellor
A new Survation survey commissioned by the TUC suggests that Osborne’s message on regional pay in the public sector is not getting across.
The survey’s publication has been timed to coincide with the Lib Dem conference where the issue of reducing the public sector wage bill by moving away from national pay rates will be discussed.
61% told Survation that the plan was unfair with more than 70% of Lib Dem voters taking this view.
A problem for the Tories is that the proposals could fall hardest in the Midlands and the North where many of the marginals won in 2010 are located.
As was noted time and time again here during the election marginal seats in England are more common in small and medium sized towns where impact of the public sector pay plan is likely to be largest.