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General election 2017: Labour surges ahead in AJ reader poll

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The architectural profession’s support for the Labour Party has surged yet further in the last few weeks, according to an online survey of AJ readers

The poll of hundreds of architects, students and architectural technologists showed that nearly two thirds (64 per cent) intended to vote for Labour on 8 June - a huge rise from the 35 per cent who said they wanted Jeremy Corbyn’s party to win in April (see AJ 26.04.17). 

Mirroring the results of the latest YouGov poll, the AJ’s survey shows that support for the Conservatives has also dipped among readers, with only 14 per cent saying they would now vote for Theresa May’s party, compared with 22 per cent in the previous poll.

However the biggest losers have been the Liberal Democrats. In our last survey, which was launched on the day prime minister May called the snap election, 28 per cent or respondents said they wanted Tim Farron’s party to win.

This proportion has fallen to 13 per cent.

Who are you planning to vote for? General Election - catch up poll 2017

As one anonymous respondent said: ’I was going to vote LibDem but I feel Labour have come along way this election. While I’m still not 100 per cent about Corbyn, it’d be hard to say he has bad ideals.’

In terms of which practice understands architecture best, 60 per cent of readers went for Labour - up from 43 per cent in April - 16 per cent for the Greens and just 12 per cent for the Conservatives.

Intriguingly the issues that architects seems most bothered about when deciding to vote have also changed.

While Brexit remains the largest concern (receiving 24 per cent of the vote), the NHS (23 per cent) and the economy (13 per cent) have increased in importance. 

The AJ wants to hear your reactions to the election result. What will it mean for the built environment and the profession? Contact richard.waite@emap.com with your thoughts  

Floating voters – what changed your mind?

‘I’ve switched from Conservative to Labour. The Labour manifesto strikes a chord and I do not believe in where Conservatives are taking this country.’

’As a lifetime Scottish Labour supporter I have recently changed my vote to SNP. Scottish Labour has disintegrated and lost its appeal to young voters. The prospect of devolution is far more attractive to our regional economy and future compared to another being governed by the Conservatives, a political party that Scotland has never voted in.’

’I have recently changed to vote for Labour, because Jeremy Corbyn is thoughtful in his approach for a more cohesive, sustainable and happy society. He has consistently fought for peaceful and good outcomes throughout his time in government. I do not agree with Blair’s New Labour but I believe in Corbyn’s views for the people.’

‘I was going to vote LibDem but switched very last minute to Labour because of the manifesto commitments to nationalising the railways and the utilities. Though I am a bit weary of Corbyn’s past flirtations with republicanism, Hamas, et al.’

’I previously planned to vote for the Green party [then I] realised in my constituency that Green and Liberal Democrats will split the vote and neither would win, [so] voting Labour seemed prudent.’

’I will either vote for Conservatives or Labour. Neither particularly appeal to me but they’re the best of a bad bunch.’

’I’ve switched from Labour to LibDem due to their stance over Brexit.’

The Conservatives are best for Brexit but I don’t like their wider policies

’Despite feeling the Conservatives are best for Brexit I don’t like their wider policies - especially education. I didn’t want them to have a landslide which would enable them to steamroller through some of the more extreme policies.’

’I was considering voting for the Conservatives as they seemed to be the stronger party, but I feel housing is not being addressed as it should be, directing me to vote Labour.’

’I’m changing from Green to LibDem on the basis of tactical voting in my constituency to oust the Conservatives.’

’In London, I am drawn to Corbyn, but in Wales Labour are the stagnant status quo which fail to represent the nation. In the end, Plaid Cymru may take my vote.’

‘I would have voted Lib Dem solely due to Brexit dismay, but I am swayed by Labour’s social democratic policies which this country so desperately needs.’

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  • After a lifetime of conservative voting I have switched to Labour. May does not convince me as a leader and her attitude to the Brexit process is inflexible and heavy handed.
    Labour's re-nationalisation plans strike me as far fetched but overall Corbyn is emerging as a thoughtful and considerate human being, he seems aware of the realities of life for many in the UK.

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