The BBC has revealed voting trends from localised breakdown of Brexit votes
February 6, 2017

This localised information has been obtained from nearly half of the local authorities which counted the EU referendum ballots and reveals patterns of how the UK voted to leave the EU last June.


Some of the BBC’s key findings are:


  • The data confirms previous indications that local results were strongly associated with the educational attainment of voters – populations with lower qualifications were significantly more likely to vote Leave.
  • The level of education had a higher correlation with the voting pattern than any other major demographic measure from the census
  • The age of voters was also important, with older electorates more likely to choose Leave
  • Ethnicity was crucial in some places, with ethnic minority areas generally more likely to back Remain. However this varied, and in parts of London some Asian populations were more likely to support Leave
  • The combination of education, age and ethnicity accounts for the large majority of the variation in votes between different places
  • There was a broad pattern in several urban areas of deprived, predominantly white, housing estates towards the urban periphery voting Leave, while inner cities with high numbers of ethnic minorities and/or students voted Remain
  • Postal voters appear narrowly more likely to have backed Remain than those who voted in a polling station

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