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Association between voting patterns and mortality remains

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 16 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:430
  1. George Davey Smith, Professor of clinical epidemiologya,
  2. Danny Dorling, Lecturer in geographya
  1. a University of Bristol, Department of Social Medicine, Bristol BS8 2PR

    Editor—We reported on the association between voting patterns and mortality in England and Wales during the 1983, 1987, and 1992 British general elections.1 There was a strong negative association between voting Conservative and mortality and a strong positive association between voting Labour and mortality; there was a weaker negative association between voting Liberal Democrat and mortality and a weaker positive association between abstention and mortality. The recent general election, in which a Labour government was elected with a large majority, has been interpreted as reflecting a breakdown of …

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