- In 2005, Labour and Lib Dems fared better amongst young people
- Young people tend to be more idealistic in their thinking, wanting a better and more peaceful world with more social justice.
- Middle aged people tend to be more realistic and cynical of what can be acheived by social change.
- Elderly people are likely to be annoyed about paying more finance, particularly to thise on benefits, as they themselves only just manage to be financially stable.
- Era in which the person grew up is also a determing factor.
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- Women used to be overwhelmingly pro-conservative. The reasons given for this were that
- Women often stayed at home, they did not suffer bad working conditions, and were protected from the influence of trade union membership
- Women had a greater commitment to traditional values of family and religion
- Women were naturally more cautious in their attitude to social change.
- However, in the 1980s, this began to reverse and women began to vote pro-labour.
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- Members of ethnic minorities have traditionally been more likely to vote Labour.
- Across all ethnic minorities the turnout of voters is relatively low.
- In 2005, turnout was lower in substantially minority constituences, and labour lost ground in consituiencies with a large muslim population.(Iraq?)
- In 1997, 89% of black and 81% of Asians voted Labour.
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