Low-income voters helped deliver Boris Johnson’s election landslide with Labour trailing the Tories among poorer Brits for the first time, analysis has shown.
A major report into voting behaviour at last year’s election found the Tories established a 15-point lead on Labour among the working class.
The study found that the Tories were more popular with people struggling to make ends meet than they were among wealthier voters.
The anti-poverty Joseph Rowntree Foundation think-tank said both parties must battle to win the support of low-income workers, who face a “double injustice” as they are more exposed to both the virus and its economic impact.
Its report said: “The Conservatives are no longer the party of the rich, while Labour is no longer the party of the poor.”
It examined the British Election Study which found 45% of low-income voters backed the Tories, with 30% backing Labour.
Among high-income voters the figures were 40% for the Tories and 30% for Labour.
Matthew Goodwin, from the University of Kent, co-author of the report, said: “Low-income voters remain crucial and are likely to be volatile as we move out of the coronavirus crisis.” The Foundation urged the Government to boost poorer areas.