Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Populist attitudes among parliamentary candidates in Britain

Tindall, Callum; Trumm, Siim


Callum Tindall

Associate Professor


Rising support for populist parties and candidates has become a key story of recent decades, making headlines in Western democracies and beyond. While a growing body of populism research focuses on how parties use populist messaging and which voters are most drawn to these messages, we still know relatively little about the extent to which individual politicians hold populist views. Using data from the Representative Audit of Britain Survey, we examine populist sentiments among parliamentary candidates in Britain. Our findings show that populist attitudes among candidates remain modest, with anti-elite sentiments being most prominent. In addition, we find partisanship and incumbency to be the most consistent predictors for the extent to which candidates hold populist attitudes. Taken together, our findings suggest that populist sentiments are not particularly strong among parliamentary candidates in Britain, and that support for different types of populist views varies in terms of strength and motivation.


Tindall, C., & Trumm, S. (in press). Populist attitudes among parliamentary candidates in Britain. British Politics,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 14, 2023
Deposit Date Mar 15, 2023
Journal British Politics
Print ISSN 1746-918X
Electronic ISSN 1746-9198
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords populism; political elites; candidate studies; Britain
Public URL