Understanding Voting Patterns in UK Elections

Building upon our focus in class this first half term, this link will enable you to drill-down further into the demographics (the statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it) of last June’s election:


This is one of those websites that you would do well to explore. It has a multitude of articles/insights into voting patterns and polling evidence – cracking for this topic given you have to be able to explain why parties win or lose elections (… or why you can ‘win’ and still ‘lose’, or ‘lose’ and still ‘win’ like Theresa and Jezza seemed to have managed this year!?).

Additionally, this from Miss J which shows the consequences of voting patterns: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/28/ethnic-minority-voting-gap-cost-theresa-may-28-seats-report-says?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Similarly, this link has statistics and insights into elections and voting since 1918 to the current year. http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7529

Of course the real students amongst you will want to go further, so this is the definitive read for all things UK Elections Statistics (1918-2017). No really. It’s produced by the House of Commons Library and is one of their briefing papers: http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7529/CBP-7529.pdf

It may appear to be the sort of document that Rees Mogg probably has as bed time reading, but you NEED to have a look (section 2, for example, has all sorts of insights into who votes what in general elections (as well as regional, local etc. elections). … Awesome.