4TH AGENDA URGES POLITICAL PARTIES TO ‘UP THEIR GAME SIGNIFICANTLY’ AS NEW COMRES POLL REVEALS VOTER ALIENATION FROM POLITICAL PROCESS
A new ComRes poll published today, commissioned by political campaign group The 4th Agenda, reveals the extent to which voters feel alienated from the political process and highlights frustration at the lack of influence over it. Graham Mitchell, founder of The 4th Agenda political campaign group said, "The essence of freedom is choice and this poll shows that as voters we don't really have any choice between the main political parties. We are condemned as a society to high tax, high spend, high debt and low politics."
· By a ratio of 2:1 voters believe there is too little choice on offer – 60% agree that “all the major political parties seem to offer pretty much the same policies” and just half of this proportion, 29%, disagree. More than 50% of supporters of all political parties agree with this statement. Significantly, fully three-quarters of UKIP voters agree with this statement, suggesting that the coalescence around centre-ground issues by all three main political parties may be responsible for much of the surge in support for UKIP
· A massive majority of voters complain that “politicians don’t seem to have any principles any more” – 76% agree compared to a mere 13% who do not. The older the voter, they more likely they are to agree with this statement with support reaching 82% among those aged 65+. Once again, a large majority of voters for all the main parties agree with this statement but among UKIP voters the figure is almost universal at 96%.
· 47% to 42% voters complain of feeling that their vote “doesn’t really count”. Worryingly this rises to more than half of people aged 18 to 24.