As the results from yesterday local and EU elections come out in drips and drabs today, we’re having a quick look at the data we collected through our EUvox voter advice application.
In case you haven’t seen it, it’s been available for several weeks on The Daily Mail, The Guardian and of course, the NatCen website. You respond to around 30 questions on your policy preferences, give a few demographic details and are then matched to a party. The idea is not to tell people how to vote, rather to give people a guide to where the main parties stand on European issues, which, unless you’ve mugged up on the manifestos, aren’t discussed in-depth in the media.
Unlike our usual surveys, the sample for EUvox is not robust. It’s self-selecting and unweighted against census data, so it should be taken with a methodological pinch of salt. In its nascent phases, as it is now, it’s more of a fun tool for engagement than research. However, it does show some interesting differences between groups. Here, We’ve focussed on the difference between men and women in England.