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When asked if more specifically 'change the voting system for General elections to the UK House of Commons to allow smaller political parties to get a fairer share of MPs… [or] keep the voting system for the House of Commons as it is to produce effective government… which comes closer to your view… change or keep as it is?' around three in five said they wanted to keep the current electoral system (p130). This study finds that when the questions emphasize the fact that the small parties might be the principal beneficiaries of PR and that it might be at the expense of 'effective government', opinion sways against PR. This study does not find any change in public opinion since the 2005 election in one direction or another and demonstrates a tension in public attitudes between proportionality and the influence of small parties.

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