Why did the BNP do well at recent local and European elections? (From the recently published YouGov study into voting habits)
BNP voters tend to be totally turned off by politics and think that politicians are corrupt, for example 81% think their MP is corrupt compared to 48% of Labour voters. They have very specific reasons to vote BNP, which tends to be focused solely on immigration. BNP tend to take votes from skilled manual labour jobs. eg Plumbers & Electricians, which leans itself neatly to previous statement as immigration tends to be of semi-skilled and skilled people seeking more pay for their skills. BNP voters tend to usually vote Labour but would consider themselves more “right wing”, and appreciate the “self made working man”.
This demographic tends to be the hardest to convert but their likelihood to participate in the political system is the lowest, however if pushed they will come out. Therefore one must question the whole ideology behind the “Stop the BNP” campaigns as it appears to be these campaigns that actually motivate BNP voters to come out.
Legal Bit: All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 32,268 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29th May -4th June 2009. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).