Voter power index for South Shields
Rank #514 of 650
Voter power in South Shields
In South Shields, one person does not really have one vote, they have the equivalent of 0.072 votes.
The power of voters in this constituency is based on the probability of the seat changing hands and its size.
While you might think that every vote counts equally, where you live in the UK has a huge effect on your power to influence the election.
How does South Shields compare?
The average UK voter has 4.17x more voting power than voters in South Shields.
Average UK voter power
The average UK voter only has the power of 0.305 votes. This is because most of us live in safe seats, where the outcome is pretty much certain regardless of how we vote.
South Shields ranks #514 out of 650 constituencies in the Voter Power Index.
UK constituency marginality
We can be almost certain that 60% of seats will NOT change hands in the general election (very safe or ultra safe seats).
The more times a seat changes hands, the more marginal it is deemed to be.
- 1997 Lab
- 2001 Lab
- 2005 Lab
- 2010 Lab
This constituency is smaller than average, which means a voter here is more likely to affect the national result.
Number of voters: 62,946
Average constituency: 69,718
2010 election data
48% of votes discarded
48.00% of those who voted in South Shields in 2010 did not vote for the winning candidate. These votes count for nothing in the First Past the Post system.
2010 General Election result
Winner takes all
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The Voter Power Index is based on research by NEF (the New Economics Foundation)
If the UK had a proportional voting system:
- We would no longer have safe seats
- The power of votes would be much more equal
- All areas of the UK would have equal power to decide the outcome of the election
- Politicians would not be able to win an election by tailoring all their policies to a narrow section of the population