The gender gap at EU elections

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The gender gap at EU elections

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Women across Europe don’t tend to vote as much in European elections, compared with men, posing questions on the growing gender gap in both politics and representation in the European Parliament.

Data, based on the European parliament’s 2014 post-electoral survey, found France was the worst culprit in terms of a voting gap between the sexes.

Some 11.6 percent fewer women in France voted than men in the EU elections, followed by Portugal (-11.3 percent) and Poland (-7.4 percent). Elsewhere, such as in Sweden, the opposite occurred, with 16.6 percent more women than men voting, followed by Malta (+8.7 percent) and Lithuania (+7.0 percent).

Total combined turnout was just over 42 percent. Of that total, the EU average spread across the 28 EU states had 45 percent of men voting, compared to 40.7 percent for women. The overall gap between male voting and female voting is getting wider and has now reached a four point spread, compared to two points in 2009, according to a TNS Opinion field survey.

“This survey also reflects the fact that men become more active in the EU elections than women,” said Simona Pronckute, an expert at the Brussels-based European Policy Centre think tank.

Haga clic aquí para leer el artículo completo publicado por Other News el 25 de marzo de 2018.

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