ERIC Number: ED187782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Votes and Policies: Ethnic Minorities and the General Election 1979.
Surveys were conducted to present a picture of the participation of ethnic minorities in British elections. The surveys measured voter registration, knowledge and attitudes about issues, voting patterns in the 1979 General Election, candidates' attitudes about issues (especially race relations issues), and activities and election success of anti-immigration candidates. Findings included: (1) fewer ethnic minority people registered to vote compared to their white counterparts; (2) minority and white respondents rated prices and unemployment as the most important election issues; (3) minority respondents rated the improvement of matters concerning race relations higher than white voters; (4) Labour and Liberal candidates rated the need for improvement of race relations more highly than Conservative candidates; (5) respondents felt that relations between white and minority groups were deteriorating; (6) one-third of white respondents were opposed to encouraging minority groups to take a more active political role; (7) respondents were able to recall the name of Labour candidates, but not candidates from other parties; (8) minority voters reflected a higher rate of turnout than white voters; (9) more minority voters supported the Labour party than did the general electorate; (10) with an even distribution of the ethnic vote, the Conservative party would have won the 1979 election with a larger majority; (11) anti-immigration candidates were generally rejected; and (12) minority groups participated fully in the 1979 election and are likely to have increasing influence in British politics. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission for Racial Equality, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain; Political Candidates