Working class voters have abandoned Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in big numbers since the turn of the year.
Polling from YouGov out today reveals that voters that fall under the ‘C2DE’ social grade are backing the Conservatives by 48% compared to 37% for Labour.
That is quite the turnaround. As Election Data pointed out on Twitter, in January the numbers were 46%/35% in Labour’s favour.
Something absolutely remarkable in the YouGov polling from today. These are figures for those in social grade C2DE (January numbers in brackets):
CON 48% (35% in January)
LAB 37% (46% in January)
Eleven-point swing to the Tories from Labour since January.
— Election Data (@election_data) June 8, 2018
The latest YouGov poll also has the Conservatives ahead by 7 points overall.
As Labour’s Brexit policy has grown ever softer and opportunistic, combined with the continuing issue of antisemitism plaguing Corbyn’s party, working class voters are turning away. Has Corbyn peaked?