Red Wall, Red Herring? Economic Insecurity and Voter Intention in Britain
Economic Insecurity and Voting Intention
In a Politics Research Centre - Elections Unit Report, Centre Director Jane Green and Roosmarijn de Geus (University of Reading) explore the relationship between economic insecurity, social conservatism and vote choice.
The economic gap between Britain’s younger graduates and non-graduates is a growing problem that politicians and policy-makers need to understand. Younger non-graduates – who live in all parts of the UK – are the most economically insecure and may not have the job security, housing security or pensions in the future that their predecessors had.
Political parties risk being out of step with these dynamics, in part because of a pre-occupation with the “Red Wall”. This is a useful term for classifying a group of constituencies. But many people now seem to equate Red Wall places with voters who support the Conservatives within them, painting a picture of economically left-behind voters who also tend to have more socially conservative and pro-Brexit values. This is misleading, at least in part.