A majority of voters are prepared to abandon old allegiances and back a new political party, a poll commissioned by HuffPost UK reveals.
As Brexit continues to tear Labour and the Conservatives apart, our poll found 58% would consider backing a new force in British politics at the next election.
Of more than 1,000 people polled by BMG, 42% also said they identify as centrists, rather than varying degrees of left (30%) or right wing (27%).
The startling research follows months of speculation that a new breakaway party could form, with unhappy MPs on both sides of the Commons increasingly frustrated at the direction their leader is taking.
However, a majority (53%) said Labour MPs should stay put and make the case for change to Jeremy Corbyn from inside - and this figure rose to 57% among Labour voters.
More Brits think that austerity has been a bad thing for the country (34%) than a good thing (24%) according to the poll.
People said cutbacks’ most striking impact was on hospitals, with 55% saying they had noticed they had got worse or significantly worse. For policing, that figure is even higher at 56%, whereas for schools it was 37% and GP surgeries 49%.
The state of social care is also seen to have been significantly damaged by austerity, with 51% reporting services have got worse. Meanwhile, 43% said they had seen mental health services get worse.
It comes after HuffPost UK published a series of reports on how austerity has devastated individuals, communities and services ten years on from the financial crash of 2008.
Election and leadership
Almost half (48%) of Britons said that allegations of antisemitism had damaged Corbyn’s leadership. Among Labour supporters, 38% felt the controversy had worsened public support for him, with 30% feeling it had not made a difference and 8% felt it had improved his standing..
Were he to stand down, voters (12%) thought London Mayor Sadiq Khan would be the best replacement, with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell second on 8% and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry third (6%).
Khan, however, was also Labour’s most recognisable politician, with 74% aware of who he is, followed by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott (70%), followed by backbencher Yvette Cooper (51%) and McDonnell on 47%.
When viewed as a leadership candidate, McDonnell, a figure very prominent in this year’s conference and rumoured to be a leadership contender, is most popular with those in households earning under £20,000.
A majority (50%) of those surveyed said they were in favour of a general election should Parliament vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal, while 29% said they were against the idea and 21% did not know.
Westminster voting intention
Our poll of more than 1,000 Brits also showed the two parties neck and neck, with the other parties failing to break through.
* BMG interviewed a representative sample of 1,006 adults living in Great Britain online, on the 21st & 22nd September. Data are weighted. BMG are members of the British Polling Council (BPC) and abide by their rules. Full results at www.bmgresearch.co.uk/polling
CORRECTION: Some of the language in this article has been amended to clarify more accurately the results of the poll. Where 42% was previously described as “most” we’ve changed the language. We have also made clear that “More Brits think that austerity has been a bad thing for the country (34%) than a good thing (24%)”, rather than previously describing this as “most Brits”.