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Free schools could be a bigger negative for the Tories than EdM is for Labour

June 22nd, 2014

Fewer than one in four voters back Gove’s flagship policy

Maybe it is because free schools have been making the news because of the Birmingham developments and the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May but the blue team will be disappointed by the response to this key policy area in today’s YouGov.

The actual wording of the question was whether those pollsed supported or opposed “The creation of “Free Schools” – new state schools set up by parents, teachers or voluntary groups which are outside the control of local authorities?”

This is an area of policy where a segment of voters have strong views on both sides and today’s findings suggest that the Tories have not been getting their big message across.

We do know that the teaching vote has shifted sharply to Labour since 2010 when YouGov found that the Tories had a lead.

Mike Smithson

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