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Parliamentary questions
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23 April 2015
Question for written answer E-006605-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Correlation between poverty and voting participation
 Answer in writing 

A recent survey carried out by the British Social Attitudes (BSA) showed that there was a direct correlation between poverty and voting. It concluded that the poorer a person is, the less likely they are to exercise their vote. The findings of this survey raise serious questions about public participation in the democratic process. In my own constituency in Derry, where there is a high proportion of people living in poverty, this issue is particularly relevant in light of the upcoming Westminster elections in the north of Ireland.

With regard to this correlation between poverty and voting participation:

Has the Commission carried out any studies or research projects on voting patterns regarding EU elections that have had similar findings?

If so, is the correlation between poverty and voting participation only evident in certain Member States or is it a trend found in many Member States?

What action is the Commission taking to remove the barriers to voting for people living in poverty and ensure they have a stake in the democratic process?

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