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New data on BME voting patterns

28 October 2011

The most authoritative and comprehensive study of British voting behaviour has found that only 16% of Black and minority ethnic people voted Conservative in the last election. In Runnymede's recent press release on the issue, we also highlighted that ethnic minorities, on the whole, are highly supportive of British democracy.

Runnymede have also now uploaded five of the presentations from a workshop held at TNS-BMRB offices on 27 October. These outline the findings in greater detail, and provide unique insight into the behaviours and attitudes of black and minority ethnic voters.

A team of researchers from Oxford, Manchester and Essex Universities carried out this research after the 2010 general election, focussing on the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean and Black African background. The fieldwork was carried out by TNS-BMRB and the study was funded by the Economic and SocialResearch Council (ESRC).


1. Introduction (Anthony Heath)

2. Turnout and registration (Gemma Rosenblatt)

3. An ethnic agenda? (Anthony Heath)

4. Voter choice and behaviour (David Sanders)

5. Trust and satisfaction (Anthony Heath)

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