PLANS to introduce regional pay for public sector workers is the biggest policy divide between voters in the North and South, research has shown.
The study, conducted by think-tank Policy Exchange, found that nearly half of North East people reject the idea.
The move would see teachers, nurses and civil servants on Wearside face years of pay freezes.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned that the Tories will pay the price for introducing the measures in the North as it makes his party look opposed to the public sector.
The report, called Northern Lights, revealed how unpopular the plans are in the North East.
Other key points in the report included the lack of support for the Conservatives in the North.