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New MRP voting intention poll results

Chris Holbrook Find Out Now Market Research

Chris Holbrook

28th Feb, 2022 | 7 mins read
  • Labour lead of 6% which is enough for a Labour government
  • Boris Johnson predicted to lose his own seat if there were an election tomorrow
  • A third of Conservative MPs predicted to lose their seats

Find Out Now and election experts Electoral Calculus have run a MRP poll on voting intention for Westminster. This was a large-scale poll, involving over 12,500 respondents, carried out from 14-18 February.

The poll asked GB residents whether and how they intend to vote if there were an imminent general election.

The headline voting intention:

 PartyVote share GE 2019Previous poll Sep 2021Previous poll Dec 2021Current estimated vote shareEstimated change

This gives an estimated Labour lead over the Conservatives of 6pc. That is a big gain for Labour since December, when they were one point behind the Conservatives. Overall it represents a swing of 9pc from Conservative to Labour since the last general election.

The regression techniques of MRP polling allow predictions to be made for each individual seat in GB. The number of seats predicted to be won by each party is shown in the next table.

 PartyNumber of Seats GE 2019Predicted number of seatsPredicted change

The prediction is that the Conservatives would lose power and Labour would be the largest party in the House of Commons. Labour would be short of an overall majority, but could form a minority government with the support of either the SNP or a LibDem/Plaid three-way alliance. Keir Starmer would likely be Prime Minister.

Changes by Region 

The Conservatives are predicted to lose seats particularly in the North West, East Midlands, Wales and Yorks/Humber with Labour as the main beneficiary.

The SNP are predicted to gain 11 seats in Scotland. This might be reduced if there is pro-Unionist tactical voting, which is not included in the MRP model.

Changes by MP

Some notable MPs are in danger of losing their seats:

  • Boris Johnson (Uxbridge and South Ruislip), Prime Minister
  • Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton), Deputy PM
  • Alok Sharma (Reading West), cabinet minister
  • Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green), former Conservativeparty leader
  • Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet), former cabinet minister
  • Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West), chairman of the Backbench 1922Committee
  • Steve Baker (Wycombe), former chair of European Research Group
  • Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East), chair of Defence Select committee
  • Robert Buckland (Swindon South), former cabinet minister

Seats Predicted to Change Hands

Full list is available in the appendix of the full release here 

Changes by MP

Chris Holbrook, CEO of Find Out Now: “This poll shows a marked improvement in the Conservative situation, perhaps showing a willingness to forgive, and if not, the healing power of a geopolitical crisis. The gap has waxed and waned of late, so it will be interesting to see what happens when Sue Gray and the Met release their full reports.”

Martin Baxter, CEO of Electoral Calculus: “As Labour’s lead over the Conservatives has shrunk back from its partygate peak, the Conservatives will be wondering if they can recover more of their lost ground. The upcoming local elections may give a sign of whether the electorate is prepared to give their trust to the Conservatives again.”

Technical Details

Find Out Now polled 12,700 GB adults online between 14-18 February 2022. The sample was weighted to be representative by gender, age, social grade, other demographics and past voting patterns.  Regression techniques were used to infer projected seat results.

Full Tables (Excel spreadsheet)

Find Out Now and Electoral Calculus are both members of the British Polling Council and abide by its rules.

Regression Polling

Modern polling analysis often uses statistical regression techniques to get more accurate and geographically detailed results. Also called MRP (multi-level regression and post stratification) they have been used successfully by Electoral Calculus and other pollsters to predict general elections, local elections and the 2019 European elections.

These techniques work by spotting patterns between people’s demographic characteristics and their likelihood to vote for various parties.

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