Extending the Right to Buy to housing associations is the wrong priority

57% of voters think that extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants is the wrong priority.  This includes 44% of Conservative votes, according to a poll carried out on 14-15th April by YouGov.  69% of Labour voters, the same percentage of Lib Dem voters, and 60% of UKIP voters also felt it is the wrong priority.

45% of Conservative voters think it is a good idea compared to 20% of Labour, 18% of Lib Dem, and 30% of UKIP voters.

30% of individuals from lower economic and employment backgrounds, such as skilled manual labour and the lowest paid work (termed ‘C2DE social grades’), thought extending Right to Buy is a good idea, while 53% thought it the wrong priority.

Higher paid workers (the ABC1 grades) were marginally less in favour, with 27% thinking it is a good idea and 61% thinking it is the wrong priority.

39% of 18 to 24 year olds think it is a wrong priority and 31% think it is a good idea.  The older you get the stronger the view is that this policy proposal is the wrong idea.  55% of 25-39 year olds think it is the wrong priority, with 32% thinking it is a good idea.  40 to 59 year olds (my age bracket) are yet further opposed, with 63% thinking extending the Right to Buy is the wrong priority, and just 21% thinking it is a good idea.

When asked what two or three policies from the Conservative manifesto were the greatest priorities, the expansion of Right to Buy is considered the least important part of the manifesto, with only 5% saying it should be a main priority).

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