Voters doubtful Labour will fix Britain’s “broken” housing market, new poll reveals

Mike Underwood | 18 May 2023
Voters doubtful Labour will fix Britain’s “broken” housing market, new poll reveals

A new Omnisis poll has revealed that people don’t believe a Labour government would meet house-building targets, with a majority disapproving of the party’s green belt building policy.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer this week said a Labour government would build 300,000 new homes per year by giving local authorities more powers to build on green belt land.

But voters are far from convinced or supportive of Labour’s claims, according to a new poll by Omnisis.

  • 36% of people disapprove of Labour’s green belt building plan, with 23% approving and 29% neither approving or disapproving

  • 53% said they don’t believe Labour would meet the 300,000 new homes a year target as set out in the Conservative manifesto, with 24% saying they do believe Labour could meet it and 23% saying they don’t know

  • Meanwhile, 67% of voters say they don’t believe the Conservatives will deliver 300,000 new homes per year, with only 13% believing they will and 20% saying they don’t know

  • Nearly half of voters (49%) feel, however, that giving local authorities more say on where new homes can be built was the right thing to do. Only 12% said they should be given fewer powers while 26% said there should be no changes. 13% didn’t know.

In other news, Labour maintained its lead over the Conservatives according to our latest voter intention trackers:


For the second consecutive week, Labour has a record-breaking lead over the Conservatives:

  • Lab 47% (-4)
  • Con 25% (+1) 
  • LD 10% (NC)
  • SNP 3% (NC) 
  • Ref 6% (NC)
  • Green 5% (+1)


A net approval score of -12 for Rishi Sunak this week.

  • Approve: 29% (+1) 
  • Disapprove: 41% (-1) 
  • Neither: 30% (NC) 


  • Sir Keir Starmer: 34% (-7) 
  • Rishi Sunak: 31% (+4)
  • Don’t Know: 34% (+3)


All respondents

  • Stay Out: 36% (+3) 
  • Re-join: 45% (-2)

Excluding don’t knows and will not votes

  • Stay Out: 45% (+4) 
  • Re-join: 55% (-4) 

This week’s poll which was conducted on 17th-18th May 2023, questioned 1,389 people and is weighted to a national representative population.

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