Electoral turnout in 2007 - The memory of 2002

Stéphane Jugnot, division Enquêtes et études démographiques, Insee

Electoral turnout in the 2007 presidential elections reached exceptional levels. The memory of the first round of the 2002 elections encouraged an increased number of electors to vote, particularly young voters. The scale of registrations on the electoral lists at the end of 2006 made this trend predictable, and the high participation of these newly registered voters confirmed it. Conversely, abstention in the parliamentary elections beat all records. The co-occurrence of these two results confirms that voters are not abandoning the ballet boxes but are expressing themselves by voting intermittently and selectively.

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No 1169
Paru le : 10/01/2008