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Voter Turnout...
Voter turnout is often low
65% in 2010
Voter turnout is highest in General
Elections, lowest in local elections and PCC
crime elections
Although turnout is low, people do
participate in politics...…read more

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Forms of participation...
Being a member of a party
Standing as an MP
Member of a pressure group
Writing to an MP
Reading a newspaper
Signing a petition
Taking part in a protest…read more

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Factors affecting voting behaviour...
Primacy Recency
Class Impact of campaign
Age Mass media
Gender Party leaders
Ethnicity Events leading up to election
Region Impact of opinion polls…read more

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Peter Pultzer: "Class is the basis of British party
politics; all else is embellishment and detail."
A, B, C1, C2, D, E
Traditionally- working class votes Labour,
middle class votes Conservatives
Class dealignment in 50s and 60s...
Women entered the workforce, increased trade
unions, more jobs in public sector- more
Thatcher introduced Right to Buy scheme in
1980- embourgeiosment
2010- 39% of AB voted Conservative, and 31% of
E- not a significant difference…read more

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Traditionally- younger voted Labour,
older voted Conservative
Younger people are just entering the
workforce, so Labour appeals to them
Not much change
2010- 30% 18-24 voted Conservative, 44%
65+ voted Conservative
However, 31% 18-24 voted Labour, 31% 65+
voted Labour…read more

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