Monday 25 September 2017

Do voters lean left or right? Depends what you're asking

New research shows how parties can fail to represent those who vote for them, writes Eoin O'Malley

The graph shows where voters lie. It should be read a bit like you would an OS map, the darker the shade the more voters are in that position. We see Fianna Fail is clearly closest to where the main bulk of voters are. We can also see that on the left is a pretty crowded field, with Sinn Fein the only significant player.
The graph shows where voters lie. It should be read a bit like you would an OS map, the darker the shade the more voters are in that position. We see Fianna Fail is clearly closest to where the main bulk of voters are. We can also see that on the left is a pretty crowded field, with Sinn Fein the only significant player.

When Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement on climate action, he said he represented voters in Pittsburgh and not Paris.

One of the lessons of 2016 politics was that there is a group of voters unrepresented by mainstream parties. The poor whites in the Rust Belt states and white-van man in the east of England were not represented by left-leaning parties obsessed with esoteric issues like non-gender toilets.

These voters didn't listen to their supposed political leaders on Brexit, and surprised most of us when they voted for Trump.

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