Did people argue about the 2019 General Election?

Connor IbbetsonData Journalist
December 19, 2019, 4:54 PM GMT+0

Half of adults under 24 have already fallen out with friends or family about the outcome of the election, but this rate falls off sharply among older groups

Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plea that it’s time to “let the healing begin” following a divisive general election, a new YouGov poll reveals that many Britons are still upset.

Before the election we found that 26% had argued about the campaign, and our latest figures show one in five Britons (22%) are still arguing – having just switched their focus to the result.

The number of Labour voters arguing over the result has dropped from the number arguing during the campaign, despite the Conservative victory. A quarter (28%) of Labour voters say they have gone on to argue over the result – a fall of 17 percentage points compared to during the campaign.

In comparison, nearly the same number of Tory voters are still arguing. One in five of 2019 Conservative voters (20%) also say they have had an argument about the result, compared to 22% who had had an argument during the campaign.

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Younger Britons continue to be the most argumentative, half (52%) of those aged from 18 to 24 say they have had an argument with someone over the result, compared to the same number (52%) who had an argument during the campaign.

This make Britons aged from 18 to 24 five times as likely as their elders to have had a disagreement with someone over the result with just 17% of those aged between 50 and 64 and 11% of adults over 65 who also say they’ve had an argument.

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Arguments are most likely to break out between friends and family, with 10% of Britons saying they have argued with friends and another 9% bickering with family members. Another one in twenty Britons (6%) have argued with colleagues as well as acquaintances as a result of the outcome. The same amount of Britons (6%) say they’ve even argued with strangers over the result.

Once again among Britons aged from 18 to 24 the numbers are higher, with just shy of a third (29%) arguing with friends and 28% arguing with family over the outcome – compared to 4% of over 65’s.

Those aged from 18 to 24 are also twice as likely to have argued with strangers, with 15% saying they have had a disagreement with someone they don’t know compared to 7% of those aged from 25 to 49.

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See full results here