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How Britain Voted Since October 1974

See also : How Britain Voted in 1997 (detail), How Britain Voted in 2001 (detail), How Britain Voted in 2005 (detail), How Britain Voted in 2010 (detail), Voting by housing tenure 1983-2010, Voting by religion 1992-2005, Voting by newspaper readership 1992-2010


How Britain Voted 1974 - 2010

  Oct 1974 1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 2001 2005 2010
  % % % % % % % % %
All
Conservative 37 45 44 43 43 31 33 33 37
Labour 40 38 28 32 35 44 42 36 30
Lib / Alliance / LD 19 14 26 23 18 17 19 23 24
Con lead -3 +7 +16 +11 +8 -13 -9 -3 +7
Men
Conservative 32 43 42 43 41 31 32 34 38
Labour 43 40 30 32 37 45 42 34 28
Lib / Alliance / LD 18 13 25 23 18 17 18 22 22
Con lead -11 +3 +12 +11 +4 -14 -10 0
+10
Women
Conservative 39 47 46 43 44 32 33 32 36
Labour 38 35 26 32 34 44 42 38 31
Lib / Alliance / LD 20 15 27 23 18 18 19 23 26
Con lead +1 +12 +20 +11 +10 -12 -9 -6 +4
18-24
Conservative 24 42 42 37 35 27 27 28 30
Labour 42 41 33 39 38 49 41 38 31
Lib / Alliance / LD 27 12 23 22 19 16 24 26 30
Con lead -18 1 9 -2 -3 -22 -14 -10 -1
25-34
Conservative 33 43 40 39 40 28 24 25 35
Labour 38 38 29 33 37 49 51 38 30
Lib / Alliance / LD 24 15 29 26 18 16 19 27 29
Con lead -5 5 11 6 3 -21 -27 -13 5
35-44
Conservative 45 40 28 28 27 34
Labour 28 36 48 45 41 31
Lib / Alliance / LD 25 20 17 19 23 26
Con lead 17 4 -20 -17 -14 3
45-54
Conservative 45 47 31 32 31 34
Labour 31 31 41 41 35 28
Lib / Alliance / LD 23 18 20 20 25 26
Con lead 14 16 -10 -9 -4 6
55-64
Conservative 45 44 36 39 39 38
Labour 31 35 39 37 31 28
Lib / Alliance / LD 21 19 17 17 22 23
Con lead 14 9 -3 2 8 10
65+
Conservative 46 48 36 40 41 44
Labour 32 34 41 39 35 31
Lib / Alliance / LD 21 17 17 17 18 16
Con lead 14 14 -5 1 6 13
18-34
Conservative 41 38 38 28 25 26 33
Labour 31 36 38 49 48 38 31
Lib / Alliance / LD 27 24 18 16 21 27 29
Con lead 10 2 0 -21 -23 -12 2
35-54
Conservative 34 46 44 45 43 30 30 29 34
Labour 42 35 27 29 34 45 43 38 29
Lib / Alliance / LD 20 16 27 24 19 19 20 24 26
Con lead -8 11 17 16 9 -15 -13 -9 5
55+
Conservative 42 47 47 46 46 36 39 40 41
Labour 40 38 27 31 34 40 38 34 30
Lib / Alliance / LD 14 13 24 21 17 17 17 20 19
Con lead 2 9 20 15 12 -4 1 6 11
Middle class (ABC1)
Conservative 56 59 55 54 54 39 38 37 39
Labour 19 24 16 18 22 34 34 30 27
Lib / Alliance / LD 21 15 28 26 21 20 22 26 26
Con lead +37 +35 +39 +36 +32 +5 +4 +6 +12
Skilled working class (C2)
Conservative 26 41 40 40 39 27 29 33 37
Labour 49 41 32 36 40 50 49 40 29
Lib / Alliance / LD 20 15 26 22 17 16 15 19 22
Con lead -23 0 +8 +4 -1 -23 -20 -7 +8
Semi / unskilled working class (DE)
Conservative 22 34 33 30 31 21 24 25 31
Labour 57 49 41 48 49 59 55 48 40
Lib / Alliance / LD 16 13 24 20 16 13 13 18 17
Con lead -35 -15 -8 -18 -18 -38 -31 -23 -9

Source: MORI/Ipsos MORI election aggregates 1979-2010 (weighted to final outcome). Some age combinations are not available in earlier aggregates. 1974 figures taken from a Louis Harris poll.

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