A turnout statistic

Turnout at British general elections dropped by 45 percentage points between 1964 and 2005 amongst the under 25s. It dropped by only 2 percentage points amongst the over 64s.

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  • Hmm, what’s the source for that?

    And is that a percentage of absolute numbers, or as a percentage of the share of the population? There are quite a lot more over-64s in 2005 then in 1964.

  • Oliver Mantell 22nd Mar '09 - 11:53am

    For those not aware of it, this is an interesting report pertinent to the subject: http://www.powerinquiry.org/report/index.php

  • Late 60s, I think.

  • Voting age reduced to 18 in 1970.

  • Put bluntly:
    Young people don’t vote and they get tuition fees, a lower minimum wage rate and politicians who don’t speak out about the demonisation of young people.

    Pensioners do vote and they got a purely gratuitious extra £60 in January/February

  • If you were under 25 in 1964 you would have been born in 1939 or before, which spookily would have made you over 64 in 2005…

    (I assume the 2% reduction in turnout is due to premature death).

  • Liam in Preston 23rd Mar '09 - 6:30am

    Yeah I am all in favour of promoting voting turnout among the young, but this “statistics can prove anything” stuff doesn’t help!

  • The Bridgewater by-election was held on 12 March 1970.

  • Alix Mortimer 23rd Mar '09 - 10:26am

    “The internet generation is often banned from talking politics on forums or in their social groups”

    Seriously?? What’s the rationale given for that?

    Mind you, sometimes a ban on something is the surest way to get people interested in it…

  • “The internet generation is often banned from talking politics on forums or in their social groups.”

    Isn’t there often a ban on politics in old people’s homes?

  • David Allen 23rd Mar '09 - 1:22pm

    When they stick me in a home, I’ll probably want politics banned. Imagine being stuck there listening to all those Tories….

    The internet is different. If people want to get away from Huw Dawson talking politics, one click and they’re free!

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