Labour looks set to win the lion’s share of the nursing vote in the snap general election on 8 June, with nearly half planning to vote for the party, a survey by Nursing Times indicates.
Our online survey of 1,500 nurses found 49% of respondents said they planned to vote Labour, followed by 16% who planned to vote Conservative and 8% for the Liberal Democrats.
However, around 18% said they were yet to make up their mind which party they would be putting their cross next to on ballot day, though 3% said they did not plan to vote at all.
The remaining 6% were split between the Green Party, UK Independence Party and the two pro-independence parties in Wales and Scotland – the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru.
But how nurses plan to vote does not necessarily tally with which party’s policies they think were most friendly to health and social care, suggesting issues like Brexit are more important for some.
Around 60% thought Labour’s policies would benefit the health and social care sector the most, compared with 11% for the Conservatives and 5% for the Lib Dems – though 16% were undecided.
Those planning to vote Conservative or Lib Dem tended to be older – aged either 46-55 or over 55 – while would-be Labour voters were spread more evenly across the age ranges.
When looked at by sector, Labour were most popular with mental health nurses. The Conservatives appeared to be most popular with nurses working in primary care and in nursing or care homes, and the Lib Dems scored best with those in community services.
Overall, the survey suggests a slight swing towards the main three parties among nurses compared to the last election in 2015, when higher percentages of respondents said they would vote for smaller parties – especially the Greens and UKIP.
When we carried out the same survey in 2015, 47% said they would vote Labour, 10% for the Conservatives, 8% for the Greens, 6% for UKIP and 5% for the Lib Dems.
Thanks to all Nursing Times readers that took part in our survey between 25 April and 5 May.
Exclusive: How Nursing Times readers plan to vote
Source: Keval Joshi
Now that the manifestos are out and the election is just around the corner, is our poll still accurate? Who are you planning on voting for in the 2017 UK general election?