Election poll shows indecision reigns supreme in Barnstaple

Barnstaple High Street.

Barnstaple High Street. - Credit: Archant

With just over a week to go until polling day, Gazette reporter Elliot Anderton took to the streets of Barnstaple to find out how people are planning to vote in the General Election.

There’s a common theme beginning to emerge in this election campaign: uncertainty.

Every day, the national polls seem to be suggesting a different outcome, whether that be a Labour or Conservative minority government or any number of coalitions.

And now, it appears that uncertainty and indecision has spread to North Devon.

Liberal Democrat Nick Harvey has held the seat since 1992, while Conservative candidate Peter Heaton-Jones has a healthy lead, according to the latest poll from Lord Ashcroft.


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But when I asked people in Barnstaple High Street which way they’d be voting next week, there was a clear winner.

More than a third (38 per cent) of the 53 respondents said they were undecided. Another 15 per cent said they wouldn’t vote at all.

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Our snap shot puts UKIP ahead on eight votes, with the Conservatives close behind on seven. The Lib Dems and Green Party got four votes each, with Labour taking two.

With the countdown to polling day ticking down rapidly, it’s clear that a lot of people have a big decision still to make – a decision which could sway who represents North Devon in Westminster after May 7.

Do you know who you will vote for? Take part in our poll on our election page here.

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