A third of Tory voters would support UKIP coalition

Nearly a third of people who plan to vote Conservative at the next general election would rather see the Tories in a coalition with UKIP than any other party.

According to a survey of over a thousand people by TNS UK, 30% of Tory voters would like to see a coalition with UKIP if the Conservatives don’t win an outright majority. This compares to 31% who said they’d rather see a continuation of the coalition with the Lib Dems.

Though UKIP hasn’t topped the list, the results of the survey indicate that UKIP is increasingly regarded by Conservative voters as a serious political force.

However, the survey also revealed that the Lib Dems are the most popular party with both Conservatives and Labour voters with which to form a coalition if both those parties fail to muster a majority win.

Meanwhile, 36% of Lib Dem supporters said they’d prefer to remain in coalition with the Tories, compared to just 26% who said they would like to see a Lib Dem/Labour tie-up.

The survey revealed that Labour is currently leading the points race, with 36% support to the Conservatives’ 29%. UKIP is in third position with 19% and the Lib Dems slipping down with support of just 7%.

TNS executive Michelle Harrison said: “While it is perhaps no surprise that a sizeable number of Conservative supporters favour a coalition with UKIP, the probability of that being a viable option at the next election is open to question.”

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  • UKIP may win a few seats at the next election but probably not enough to form a coalition. It would be far better if the Conservatives would form a no-competition agreement with UKIP where UKIP would withdraw its candidates where the Conservative vote is marginal, and vice-versa in Labour held seats. It's a question of whether to stick to one's principles with UKIP even if it means Conservatives losing, or to vote Conservative in the somewhat slender hope that Cameron won't weasel out of his promise to hold a referendum. The likelihood is that he will negotiate a few relatively unimportant changes, certainly not unrestricted immigration, which will be presented as a negotiating triumph, with propaganda heavily loaded in favour of staying in.

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