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Around One Fifth of Voters Decided on Election Day

Among those who voted in the parliamentary elections in September, 22% decided for whom to vote on the day of the election or inside the voting booth, according to a new Gallup poll. 36% of those who voted for the Social Democratic Alliance made up their minds on election day.

Early voting never been more popular

According to a new Gallup poll, more voters cast early ballots during this year’s parliamentary elections compared to the years previous. Voters gave various reasons for casting their ballots early, among them poor weather, a global pandemic, encouragement by candidates, and more accessible absentee voting stations.

Despite one fifth of voters having made up their minds on the day of the election, more voters also decided for whom to vote more than a month before casting their ballots – when compared to recent elections:

43% decided more than a month before the elections
17% decided the week of the election
12% decided one to two weeks before election day
11% decided on the day of the election
10% decided in the voting booth or the voting station
6% decided three to four weeks before election day*

(99% of those who were polled responded.)

Group differences

According to the poll, men and women differed significantly in their decision-making, with more women than men making up their minds on election day. Similarly, more men than women decided for whom to vote more than a month before elections. Older voters were more likely to reach a decision early when compared to younger voters.

The poll also found that there was a significant difference between voters of different parties; those who voted for the Independence Party, for example, were by far the most likely to have reached a decision more than a month before the election.

When respondents were asked what parties they would prefer to partake in the coalition government, the Progressive party was mentioned most often (77%), followed by the Left-Green Movement (72%) and the Independence Party (57%).

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