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SURVEY SHOWS LACK OF ELECTION KNOWLEDGE

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A MORI survey shows fewer than half of respondents knew the local government elections were coming up last week. ...
A MORI survey shows fewer than half of respondents knew the local government elections were coming up last week.

The survey, carried out at the end of April by MORI for Green Issues Communications, found 20% said there was definitely not an election coming up while a further 31% did not know.

More than 1,000 people were surveyed across the UK on their attitudes to elected members.

London came bottom in terms of contact with members because 82% of residents surveyed said they had never met any of their councillors. Only 15% of those living in London would turn to their member in a time of need, compared with 50% of those surveyed in Scotland.

Tom Curtin, director of Green Issues Communications, said: 'It is very hard to vote when people don't know who or what they are voting for. Transparency and simplicity are at the heart of democracy and if a complex and inconsistent system deters people from voting it is extremely dangerous.'
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