Datablast | 3rd March 2015

Tories hit their kids – and don't regret it

Why do Tory voters back austerity and not regret its consequences? That is the question […]

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Why do Tory voters back austerity and not regret its consequences? That is the question many leftie liberals have spent the past five years asking.

The Left could ask another question along such lines. In the same way that Tories want to dole out austerity in the name of responsibility, so they seem to think smacking children is more likely to bring them up right – as YouGov reminded us today in the wake of debates over smacking in France and Wales.

Tories are nearly a third more likely to have hit their children than Labour or Lib Dem voters. (Via YouGov’s poll for the Sunday Times, initially carried out in 2013.)

And they are far less likely to regret doing so…

It’s all happening in all those Tory seats in the south (the party holds 111 of the 139 seats south of the Midlands and outside London – that’s 80 per cent of them).