Public on reform

Recent polls of the British public consistently show overwhelming support for the principle of a proportional electoral system. Opinion polls have to be treated with some caution, but all the evidence from the last few years 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 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.

In an ICM poll published on the eve of the Government’s National Democracy Week July 2-8, Make Votes Matter asked 2,021 people “Do you think that British Democracy is worth celebrating at the moment?”. In the responses, 43% did not think it is worth celebrating, and 32% believe that it is. More than half polled call for First Past The Post to be scrapped in favour of Proportional Representation. Search Make Votes Matter on the ICM website to read the poll results in full.


This chart shows the % of people who said they supported/opposed Proportional Representation when asked by polling agencies. Click the links below to see full results and question wording.