The swing to Labour during the Second World War: when and why?

Sibley, Richard
March 1990
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring90, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
This paper explores the chronology of the movement toward Labour Party in Great Britain in the early 1900s, as well as results from the Gallup Polls. In by-elections from 1931 to 1935, in the 1935 general election, and in by-elections from 1935 to 1939, Labour regularly gained seats and there were swings towards Labour. The obvious conclusion is that opinion swung to Labour during the war. Thus the Labour Lead over the Conservatives was much bigger in the polls during the second half of the 1943, throughout 1944 and up to April 1944, than it was in the polls of June and July 1945 and in the election itself. A June 1945 poll had shown a minority wanting to keep Churchill as prime minister until the Japanese were beaten, a majority answering that the war would be won anyway.


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