Am back from a week’s holiday without internet access. Am usually online 24/7, so thought I might struggle, but it was actually quite refreshing. Didn’t take me long to slide back into old habits though, so here we are with another blogpost!
The title is slightly tongue-in-cheek, but relates to the results of a recent Yougov survey published here. The blog in which Yougov wrote up the survey results focused on the questions they asked about how left or right wing the public saw each of the main parties and their leaders, but Yougov also asked people how left or right wing they saw themselves.
When last asked this question in September 2013, 14% of people described themselves as either very or fairly left wing, while 12% described themselves as either very or fairly right wing. In last months poll, the figures came out as 15% very or fairly left wing and 11% as very or fairly right wing. So a surge to the left! Overall, 29% see themselves as left of centre, 20% as centre and 25% right of centre. 25% don’t know where they stand!
This is all relative of course because 30% saw Ed Miliband as being either very or fairly left wing (down from 36% last time), and I don’t think Miliband is left wing at all, so maybe the concept of left and right is not all that clear in people’s minds. I’ve blogged about this before, but if you want to find out where you are on the political spectrum, you can do the Political Compass test here. I posted my own result on my about page.