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Significant drop in Conservative voters believing Rwanda scheme will work

by LLB political Reporter
20th Mar 24 1:41 pm

New research from polling firm Savanta for the Daily Telegraph suggests there’s been a significant drop in Conservative voters believing the Rwanda scheme will reduce small boats crossings, ahead of a series of key parliamentary votes.

Just one third (34%) of 2019 Conservative voters say the scheme to deport migrants to Rwanda – if passed in a series of votes in parliament in the coming days and weeks – will decrease the number of small boats crossing the Channel.

This is an eight point drop from January 2024 (42%), with Conservative voters more likely to say that the Rwanda scheme won’t make a difference at all (47%) than reduce numbers.

The new polling from 15-17 March also suggests that seven in ten (70%) of Conservative voters believe that Rishi Sunak’s government is handling the policy area of immigration badly. Immigration is the area most Conservative voters think the Government is handling poorly, with the NHS second (59%) and inflation and the cost of living third (54%).

Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta said, “Rishi Sunak is running out of time to convince Conservative voters that his plan for reducing immigration will work. Our latest research shows that seven in ten of his core voters believe his party is handling immigration badly – worse than any other policy area.

The longer his battles with parliament to pass his controversial Rwanda scheme, the more Conservative voters appear to doubt that it will make any difference at all.

The public also continues to say that Labour would be better placed than the Conservatives to deliver on all five of Sunak’s pledges;

  • Stop the boats: Labour 32%; Conservatives 25%
  • Cut NHS waiting lists: Labour 47%; Conservatives 22%
  • Grow the economy: Labour 40%; Conservatives 30%
  • Get debt falling: Labour 38%; Conservatives 29%
  • Halve inflation: Labour 35%; Conservatives 33%

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