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UK General Election Voting Factors – Gender

Women in the interwar and postwar periods were more likely to support the Conservatives than men and this was also true in 1979, 1983, and 1992.

When the normal gender gap disappeared in 1987 there was some discussion that, with education and health becoming two of the most important issues, women, especially younger women, were moving toward Labour.

In 2005 and 2010 the gender gap moved in favour of Labour and opinion polling since 2010 suggests that the gap has become even larger. Targeting the ‘women’s vote’ has become a key part of each parties elections strategy.