Public on reform

Recent polls of the British public consistently show overwhelming support for the principle of a proportional electoral system. Opinion polls of course have to be treated with caution. However, all of the evidence from the last year shows support outstripping opposition by a wide - often huge - margin. On the other hand, no research that we are aware of has shown a majority in favour of First Past the Post - even looking as far back as 1979. This therefore provides strong initial evidence that most people do indeed want PR. Any government that values democracy would surely respond by consulting the public willingly, openly and transparently to see whether they reach the same conclusion.

This chart shows the per cent of people who said they supported/opposed the principle of proportional representation when asked by the separate polling agencies that conducted research on this issue since 2015.