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A little something to make my fellow Britons feel slighty smug

A newly published Eurobarometer report on European election voting and so on focuses on the gender split in attitudes to voting and so forth, and we British types come top of the class for voting based on what Tony Benn calls 'issues'.

Some 66% of men make their decision based on campaign issues, while women fare marginally better at 67%. In contrast, 13% of Cypriot males and 12% of Cypriot females vote in this semi-informed manner.

The personality of the candidate makes little headway in these parts, with 6% of men and 7% of women voting according to who has the shiniest teeth, comes over well in magazine features etc etc. Supposedly. 52% of Lithuanian women are won over by a nice personality, as are 45% of Cypriot men. Pretty shallow of them, frankly.

The other substantial reason for voting choice is habit, with 44% of Danish men always voting the same way, as do 42% of Greek and Estonian women. Latvian and Irish elections should be the biggest nail biters, as 15% or fewer of the electorate are voting automatons.

Elsewhere, Finnish campaigners need to be hustling up until the polls close, as 61%(m) and 62%(f) choose how to vote in the last two weeks / at the last moment. A curious bunch, the Finns, as some 17% have candidate gender as an issue when they vote. To paraphrase a comment made here by Verity a long time ago, 'I don't care whether a candidate is black, white or Asian, male or female (etc) as long as they agree with me'.

More later, maybe.

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Blogger Nick Drew said... 4:18 pm

ishoos, shurely ?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:35 pm

"Inishially the premish ish thish".  



Blogger James Higham said... 5:51 pm

Yes, that's Verity all right.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:12 pm

I haven't seen her in these parts for some time. No idea why.  



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