Tory support amongst female voters has plummeted in the wake of childcare policy changes new research commissioned by high profile mothering website Mumsnet suggests.
According to the research, carried out by polling organisation Ipsos MORI, female support the Conservative Party now stands at just 29 per cent, down from 36 per cent at the 2010 election. Support for the Labour Party amongst women, meanwhile, has jumped from 31 per cent in 2010 to 42 per cent.
Amongst women aged 18 to 34, the gap between Labour and Conservative support now stands at a hefty 25 per cent (48 versus 23 per cent). The gap is only slightly lower amongst women aged 35 to 54 – 46 per cent in favour of Labour versus 25 Conservative support.
Support for the Liberal Democrats amongst female voters has also declined dramatically – from 26 per cent at the 2010 election to just 11 per cent today.
The report, entitled The Women Problem, cites recent policy changes on family issues – such as the cuts of child benefit for families earning more than £50,000. Stay at home mothers said they felt undervalued by politicians.
A mother called Carmen told Mumsnet:
“I am a professional, educated woman who has chosen to stay at home with my children who are small. The party leaders talk about respecting those parents who make the same choice but then in the next moment turn around and completely dismiss them. It seems you are only valued if you go to work.”
Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts said:
“This study shows just how crucial appealing to women in the run-up to the election is going to be, as currently so many are…unenthused politically.”