Voting behaviour: social class

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  • Voting behaviour: social class
    • AB
      • Mostly Conservative
      • Higher and intermediate managerial, administrative, professional occupations
        • eg. banker, doctor
    • C1
      • Typically but not completely Conservative
      • Supervisory, clerical and junior managerial, administrative, professional occupations
    • C2
      • Mostly Labour
      • Skilled manual occupations
        • eg. plumber, hairdresser
    • DE
      • Mostly Labour
      • Semi-skilled and unskilled manual occupations; lowest grade occupations; unemployed
    • Class dealignment
      • Some lower-middle and working class voters aspired to be middle class so switched to Cnservative
      • AB Conservative vote has declined in favour of parties like 'New Labour' - Blair attracted middle class support
      • DE have voted less for Labour recently although returned under Corbyn
      • Main parties, especially Lib Dem have tended to adopt policies which are more centrist and appeal to a wider class base over the last few decades
      • Rise of other factors, especially valence

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