How Britain Voted in 2005

Profile of voters and how they voted in the 2005 election by age, gender, social class, housing tenure and region

How Britain Voted in 2005

See also : How Britain Voted in 1992, How Britain Voted in 1997, How Britain Voted in 2001, How Britain Voted in 2010, How Britain Voted 1974-2010 (overview), Voting by housing tenure 1983-2005, Voting Intention by religion 1992-2005, Voting by newspaper readership 1992-2010, MORI polls during the 2005 election

How Britain Voted in 2005

Base: "Absolutely certain to vote" (n = 10,986); total 'n' = 17,959 GB adults aged 18+

  Profile of Elect-
orate
Profile of Voters Vote 2005   Change since 2001 Turnout
      Con Lab LD Other Lab
Lead
Con Lab LD Swing 2005 Change
  % % % % % % % % % % % % %
All 100 100 33 36 23 8 3 0 -6 +4 3.0 61 +2
                           
Gender                          
Men 48 49 34 34 22 10 * +2 -8 +4 5.0 62 +1
Women 52 51 32 38 23 7 6 -1 -4 +4 1.5 61 +3
Gender gap     +2 -4 -1 +3 -2 -1 0 -1 -1.0    
                           
Age                          
18-24 11 7 28 38 26 8 10 +1 -3 +2 2.0 37 -2
25-34 17 14 25 38 27 10 13 +1 -13 +8 7.0 49 +3
35-44 20 20 27 41 23 9 14 -1 -4 +4 1.5 61 +2
45-54 16 17 31 35 25 9 4 -1 -6 +5 2.5 65 0
55-64 15 17 39 31 22 8 -8 0 -6 +5 3.0 71 +2
65+ 21 25 41 35 18 6 -6 +1 -4 +1 2.5 75 +5
Age gap     -13 -3 +8 -2 -16 -13 +2 +7 -11.0    
                           
Social class                          
AB 24 28 37 28 29 6 -9 -2 -2 +4 0.0 71 +3
C1 29 30 37 32 23 8 -5 +1 -6 +3 3.5 62 +2
C2 21 20 33 40 19 8 7 +4 -9 +4 6.5 58 +2
DE 25 23 25 48 18 9 23 +1 -7 +5 4.0 54 +1
Class gap     +12 -20 +11 -3 32 +13 -25 -1 -12.0    
                           
Housing tenure                          
Owned 32 37 44 29 20 7 -15 +1 -3 +1 2.0 71 +3
Mortgaged 40 40 31 36 25 8 5 0 -6 +5 3.0 60 +1
Social renter 18 15 16 55 19 10 39 -2 -5 +5 1.5 51 -1
Private renter 9 7 27 36 28 9 9 -1 -4 +3 1.5 51 +5
                           
Postal voters 99 99 34 38 22 6 4   n/a     73 n/a
                           
2001 Vote (reported)@                          
Con 20 26 90 2 6 2 -88 -10 +2 +6 -6.0 80 -20
Lab 37 43 8 72 15 5 64 +8 -28 +15 18.0 71 -29
Lib Dem 12 14 12 6 78 4 -6 +12 +6 -22 3.0 75 -25
                           
Region                          
East Midlands 7 8 37 39 18 6 2 0 -6 +3 3.0 63 +2
Eastern 9 10 43 30 22 5 -13 +1 -7 +5 4.0 64 +2
Greater London 13 11 32 39 22 7 7 +2 -8 +5 5.0 58 +3
North East 4 4 20 53 23 4 33 -1 -6 +6 2.5 57 +1
North West 12 11 29 45 21 5 16 0 -6 +4 3.0 57 +1
Scotland 9 9 16 40 23 21 24 0 -4 +7 2.0 61 +3
South East 14 15 45 24 25 6 -21 +2 -5 +1 3.5 64 +2
South West 9 10 39 23 33 5 -16 0 -3 +2 1.5 67 +2
Wales 5 5 21 43 18 18 22 0 -6 +4 3.0 62 0
West Midlands 9 9 35 39 19 7 4 0 -6 +4 3.0 61 +3
Yorks & Humber 9 8 29 44 21 6 15 -1 -5 +4 2.0 59 +2
                           
Men by age                          
18-24 6 4 33 34 25 8 1 +4 -4 -1 4.0 39 -4
25-34 9 7 29 33 27 11 4 +5 -19 +8 12.0 49 +2
35-54 18 19 31 36 22 11 5 +2 -7 +3 4.5 64 0
55+ 16 19 40 33 20 7 -7 +1 -6 +4 3.5 74 +1
Women by age                          
18-24 6 3 22 43 26 9 21 -2 -2 +3 0.0 35 -1
25-34 9 7 21 43 28 8 22 -4 -6 +9 1.0 48 +2
35-54 18 18 27 40 25 8 13 -4 -3 +5 -0.5 61 +1
55+ 19 23 41 34 20 5 -7 +1 -4 +2 2.5 73 +6
Men by class                          
AB 12 14 37 27 28 8 -10 -1 -4 +3 1.5 70 +2
C1 14 15 39 29 22 10 -10 +3 -9 +8 6.0 63 +1
C2 11 10 32 39 18 11 7 +4 -10 +5 7.0 57 +1
DE 11 9 24 47 17 12 23 +1 -8 +3 4.5 55 -1
Women by class                          
AB 12 14 36 29 29 6 -7 -5 +1 +3 -3.0 71 +3
C1 15 15 34 35 23 8 1 -3 -2 +3 -0.5 61 +2
C2 10 10 34 40 20 6 6 +4 -8 +3 6.0 58 +2
DE 15 13 25 49 18 8 24 0 -7 +5 3.5 54 +4

*Smaller base — not asked on every survey Source: MORI surveys for the Observer, Financial Times, Sun, Evening Standard and Sunday Mirror

@Change figures assume report of 2001 vote is accurate

An asterisk denotes a figure of less than one percent but not zero.

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