The Tory poll’s lead over Labor in the 100 most rural seats in England has fallen from 39 points at the 2019 general election to just five points, a setback for Rishi Sunak.
The Conservative Party won 96 of 100 seats in the last general election, taking 59 percent of the vote to Labour’s 20 percent.
But a Survation poll, conducted in April and published yesterday, put the Tories at 41 per cent of the vote and Labor at 36 per cent.
The poll found that 71 percent of Tory voters in the seats in 2019 said they intended to vote the same way again. The number for Labor voters was 85 per cent.
Many of the rural constituencies are Tory strongholds and the significant narrowing of the lead over Labor is likely to fuel fears of damaging losses for the Conservatives in the party’s traditional heartland at the next election.
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