— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 7, 2013
The current LAB panic over Ukip might be counter-productive
A main reason why Labour is consistently showing poll leads over the Tories is that the party has attracted so many Lib Dem 2010 voters.
If EdM & co are to win back power in 2015 then this segment of the electorate has to be kept on board particuarly in the seats won by the Tories three years ago which Labour is aiming to win back.
Yet could this be undermined by the upping of the rhetoric on immigration that we’ve seen from both Ed Miliband and Yvette Cooper in the past couple of days?
For the polling, see above for the latest from YouGov published yesterday, shows a very different level of concern amongst 2010 Lib Dem supporters than the electorate as a whole.
As the chart shows just 8% selected immigration as one of the top three issues facing voters and their families. That compared with 17% for all those sampled and 26% for 2010 Tory voters.
Being seen to be jumping on the immigration band-wagon has real dangers and needs to be handled with care.
The last thing the red team wants to happen is see the 2010 Lib Dems be less keen on voting for them.
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