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Proportional representation back in favour among voters

Opinions on voting practices have shifted Credit: PA Wire

More than three in five people back a switch to a more proportional voting system according to a survey.

A survey by pollsters ORB for The Independent found a clear shift of opinion on voting practices, particularly among the younger electorate.

They found that 61% want the system reformed to better reflect public backing, against 39% wishing to stick with the present arrangements whilst 68% of younger voters wanted reform.

Thursday's General Election will mark the fourth anniversary of the UK referendum which rejected abandoning first-past-the-post (FPTP) in favour of the Alternative Vote (AV) system, by 68% to 32%.

But with the coalition having proved relatively stable and the traditional argument that FPTP produces decisive majorities apparently set to be undermined by another hung parliament, attitudes have changed.