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Winter Tracker

The ‘Winter Tracker’ is an annual UK-wide survey designed to provide an overview of public sentiment towards the process of voting and democracy in the UK.  It covers a range of electoral issues including voting and the registration process, party finance and electoral fraud.

See our blog post on the 2016 findings.

To access historic reports and data, see our research report library.

Winter Tracker 2016

Headline findings

Satisfaction with the process of voting at elections in Great Britain and Northern Ireland has increased by 9 percentage points from 68% in 2015 to 77% in 2016. This marks a return to the higher levels of satisfaction seen between 2006 and 2010.

Confidence that elections are well run in Great Britain and Northern Ireland has also improved, increasing from 66% in Dec 2015 to 76% in 2016.

Satisfaction with the process of voting at elections in Great Britain and Northern Ireland has increased to 77% in 2016. Confidence that elections are well run has also improved, increasing to 76% in 2016

In 2016 respondents were also more likely to say that they are satisfied with the system for registering to vote, with 80% saying they are satisfied. This is a 5 point increase on December 2015 which marked the end of the transition to IER.  In addition, three quarters (73%) feel confident that the personal information they provide in order to register to vote is held securely.

80% of respondents said they are satisfied with the process of registering to vote

Voting is generally seen to be safe from fraud and abuse (73%), and less than 1 in 10 (8%) say that they believe electoral fraud is very common where they live. Nevertheless there is clear room for improvement.

When asked to consider what would be the most effective means of preventing electoral fraud, 52% said ‘people being required to show some form of photographic identification at their polling station’.

73% of respondents believe elections to be safe from fraud. Fewer than one in ten believe electoral fraud is very common where they live.

Fieldwork was conducted by ICM who conducted 1,202 telephone interviews between the 9 and the 22 of December. More details on the methodology and the full results of the survey can be found here.

See our blog post on the 2016 findings here

To access historic reports and data, see our research report library.

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