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Containing contributions from top names in British politics, this assessment keeps to submit front-rank learn on events, elections and balloting behaviour in Britain.

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What accounts for this under representation and what effect it has (if any) on the relationships 26 BRITISH ELECTIONS & PARTIES REVIEW investigated here is not and maybe will never be known. Because of this under-representation, in examining the results presented, it will be necessary to concentrate on the strength of relationships more than on the precise levels of LPF support. Demographics The search for an answer to the central question of this article can begin by examining the social or demographic characteristics of LPF voters.

Table 3d indeed shows a trend away from the feeling that the government is too tough in its treatment of prisoners. Whereas in 1994 18% of the sample placed themselves on this side of the scale (based on a slightly different wording of the question, however), in 2002 this had been reduced to only 6%. The shift, however, is not to the most extreme position for which the percentage has actually dropped from 39% to 33%, but in the two positions just right of centre. Although it might be concluded that there was a shift to the right, it was hardly a surge.

The issue in the Dutch election studies that would seem to come closest to representing this TABLE 3 ATTITUDES TOWARDS POLITICAL ISSUES, 1994–2002 (a) Attitudes towards euthanasia Forbid euthanasia 1994 1998 2002 (b) 1994 1998 2002 (c) 1994 1998 2002 (d) 1994 2002 (e) 1998 2002 (f) 1994 1998 2002 1 2 3 8 4 4 8 5 5 9 6 4 Attitudes towards income differences Should be larger 1 2 3 7 8 11 3 5 8 2 4 9 Attitudes towards nuclear power plants Should build more 1 2 3 5 7 7 2 4 8 7 8 8 Attitudes towards treatment of criminals 1994: Tough enough 2002: Is too tough 1 2 3 7 5 6 1 2 3 Attitudes towards asylum seekers Should allow more 1 2 3 4 10 12 2 7 11 Attitudes towards immigrants and integration May preserve customs 1 2 3 5 7 9 3 8 11 2 5 9 Allow if patient desires 4 9 10 12 5 13 17 17 6 25 26 28 7 34 28 24 4 24 23 28 5 14 19 21 Should be smaller 6 7 14 18 20 20 20 14 Never build 7 36 34 38 dk/na 3 1 1 N 1812 2101 1906 4 2 1 1812 2101 1906 6 7 2 1812 1814 1574 4 14 15 14 5 10 12 9 6 15 18 14 4 10 10 5 12 21 Should be tougher 6 7 21 39 30 33 2 1 1812 1906 4 31 29 5 18 21 Should send back 6 7 13 11 16 12 2 1 2101 1906 5 15 21 19 Should assimilate 6 7 17 26 18 16 26 23 2 1 1 1812 2101 1574 4 19 21 16 dimension is attitudes towards building nuclear power plants.

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