One in eight think it is possible to register to vote the day before the election

Tanya AbrahamResearch Director of Political and Social Research
July 02, 2024, 9:27 PM GMT+0

The deadline for registering to vote passed two weeks ago, however 13% still believe they have time

New YouGov research asked a series of true-or-false statements about the election to ascertain how well the public knows aspects of our democracy.

Some people like to leave things to the last minute, but if one of those things is registering to vote then they are out of luck, with the deadline having passed on 18 June. However, 13% of Britons think it’s possible to register as late as the day of the election – and a further 30% were unsure on this point.

Only a small majority (56%) correctly answer that people cannot now register to vote in this election.

Looking at other areas, the large majority of people rightly said polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm (86%) and knew that elections are not usually held on a Wednesday (69%).

When it comes to the political system, most are aware of the UK’s first-past-the-post voting format (57%), however only 14% know that there are 650 MPs in the House of Commons rather than 660 – this was the question Britons were least likely to get right.

See the full results here

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