Blue Wall seats were once bastions of Conservative support. However, since the Election of 2019, there has been growing evidence that voters in these constituencies are looking elsewhere. The surprise victory of the Liberal Democrats in both the Chesham and Amersham and North Shropshire by-elections hints at a political realignment. The recent local elections offered further evidence that those seats are no longer guaranteed to return Conservative representatives.
This poll explores the attitudes of Blue Wall voters towards environmental protections. The findings strongly indicate that these voters are supportive of both action on the environment and the strengthening of key protections. These attitudes broadly cut across most criteria, including political affiliation, age and socio-economic status.
Political parties that are seeking to strengthen their offer in these increasingly unpredictable constituencies therefore face a clear choice. Those that provide a compelling vision which sets itself high standards when it comes to protecting the environment are likely to be rewarded. Conversely, an offer that seeks to pit voters against regulation on the basis that this is the way to forge new trading links or tackle rising prices is likely to fail. This polling shows that this means strengthening and upholding the rules that are there to protect our environment.