Many non-voters would vote if they could do it online

Two-fifths of people who are not planning to vote in the UK general election on Thursday (8 June) claim they would if online voting was available, according to a study.

Voting apathy appears to benefit the Conservatives, as only 16% of those not planning to vote would support the party, compared with 24% who would vote Labour.

The survey of more than 1,700 people was carried out by broadband advice site Cable.co.uk. It found that 42% of people who do not plan to vote would if they could do it online.

The survey also revealed that half of the people who are undecided whether to vote would be more likely to do so online.

In the survey, 1,445 respondents said they intended to vote, 245 said they were not intending to vote and 56 were unsure.

People aged between 35 and 44 were most inclined to vote online, with 64% of respondents in this age group saying it would increase the probability of them taking part.

Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, said: “It seems that if voting were made easier, more of us would do it. It makes sense, but it’s nevertheless somewhat shocking that so many people with no plans to vote would do so if it saved them a short trip to the nearest polling station.

“Online voting is almost certainly the future. The key question is whether such a system can be adopted in a way that is beyond potential interference from hackers.”

Separate research in the UK this week found that only 7% of people fully trust online voting, and more than half (52%) think electronic voting is not trustworthy. However, 30% of those surveyed were in favour of electronic voting, for reasons of increased turnout and making it easier for Brits abroad to vote.

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