Workplace Report November 2019

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Votes of those on low-income could swing it

Low-income voters could be a crucial force at the general election, according to poverty campaigners the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

It found that not only are low-income voters now more likely to vote, they have become more willing to switch between parties and between voting and not voting. For example, 59% of low-income voters who did not vote at the 2017 election said they now planned to vote at the next one when asked in July.

Separate analysis for the report reveals there are 9.5 million low-income voters and, 2.7 million can be defined as swing voters. At the last election, there were 130 seats where the number of low-income swing voters was larger than the majorities achieved.

Questioned on their attitudes to policy, low-income voters were focussed on measures to promote local economic growth, training and job opportunities.