Hindus, Sikhs Most Likely to Vote in Britain: Study

April 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Mangalorean

Wire Service: IANS


South Asians are more likely to vote than others in British elections, with Hindus and Sikhs topping the group, an academic study says.

The study published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a social policy research charity, says South Asian turnout was one percentage point higher (approximately 59 percent) than non-Asians (approximately 58 percent) in the 2001 general elections in Britain.

When the results are broken down into religious groups, South Asians of Hindu and Sikh heritage had higher rates of participation (approximately 61 percent and 60 percent) than Muslims (59 percent).

Findings of the research, conducted in England and Wales, refuted the "perceived opinion that minority ethnic electors are less likely to vote in general elections than other electors".