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Ethnic heterogeneity in the social bases of voting at the 2010 British General Election

Heath, AF and Fisher, SD and Sanders, D and Sobolewska, M (2011) 'Ethnic heterogeneity in the social bases of voting at the 2010 British General Election.' Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 21 (2). 255 - 277. ISSN 1745-7289

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Abstract

This paper investigates whether in 2010 ethnic minorities continued to give overwhelming support to Labour or whether the Conservatives made inroads, especially among the more middle-class or entrepreneurial sections of the ethnic minority electorate. Does ethnicity over-ride other social cleavages such as the class cleavage? Or does religion, especially Islam, now represent a cross-cutting cleavage alongside ethnicity? Using a major new survey, the 2010 Ethnic Minority British Election Study (EMBES), substantial variation was found between ethnic minorities in their level of support for Labour, although overall minority support for Labour remains double that of White British voters. In general the Conservatives have failed to make greater inroads than would be expected on the basis of uniform swing. Ethnicity does not in general 'trump' social class, although there are other ways in which the predictors of ethnic minority turnout and party choice differ from those of the majority group. Overall considerable heterogeneity is found in patterns of ethnic minority electoral behaviour and in the predictors of that behaviour. © 2011 Elections, Public Opinion & Parties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 11:00
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5907

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