The 2015 General Election has provided some fascinating insights in the relationship between faith and voting pattersn.
A post-election survey conducted by Survation for the integration and migration think tank ‘British Future’ found that up to a million ethnic minority votes helped put David Cameron into Downing Street. Over 2,000 people of ethnic minority origin were interviewed across Britain between 8 and 14 May 2015. The Labour Party continues to be the preference for ethnic minorities gaining 52% of the ethnic vote. The Conservatives gained 33% of the ethnic vote which a marked increase from previous general elections. In 2010, the Labour Party had 68% of the ethnic vote and Conservatives 16% according to EMBES 2010 research data. So there is a major shift of balance between the big two parties.
According to the data, more Hindus and Sikhs voted for the Conservatives (49%) compared to Labour (41%). Muslims voted 25% Conservative and 64% Labour. And Christians followed a similar trend with Labour vote of 56% and 31% Conservatives.
- Christians 56% Labour, 31% Conservative (28% & 24% in 2010)
- Muslim 64% Labour, 25% Conservative (41% & 12% in 2010)
- Hindu 41% Labour, 49% Conservative (35% & 18% in 2010)
- Sikh 41% Labour, 49% Conservative (37% & 15% in 2010)
In the previous election in 2010, according the BRIN at the University of Manchester, Conservatives only received 18% of the vote from Hindus and that has now nearly doubled. The Labour vote in 2010 was highest among Muslims (41%) and lowest for Christians (28%), with Hindus (35%) and Sikhs (37%).
There can be questioned asked about the different methodologies and organisations conducting polls. And while one has to be careful in interpreting such data, it seems to be abundantly clear that the Conservatives are attracting the Hindu and Sikh vote comparatively better than in their previous escapades. Not surprising, there were record number ethnic candidates put forward by the Conservatives which would have helped matters.