UK prime minister Theresa May has called a snap election, to be held on 8 June 2017.
I’ve previously polled Grindr users on Scottish independence, Brexit, the 2016 US election, and the previous UK election, in Wales and in Scotland. Just as I did in 2015, I asked 1024 Grindr users in Scotland, mostly in and around Edinburgh, who they’re supporting.
The following is a sample of the replies.
(Identifiable faces in profile pictures have been censored.)
Of the 1024 Grindr users I questioned, 395 responses were counted. 165 of these users settled on a party. Here are their results:
52.7% (87) SNP
25.5% (42) Labour
10.9% (18) Conservative
4.8% (8) Green
3.6% (6) Liberal Democrat
1.8% (3) Monster Raving Loony
0.6% (1) Communist
Three parties who received votes in the equivalent poll in 2015 – Socialist, BNP, and, most notably, UKIP (who were tied with the Liberal Democrats) – received no (non-sarcastic) votes in 2017.
Here are the changes since that poll:
SNP: DOWN 11%
Labour: UP 14.8%
Conservative: UP 1.7%
Green: DOWN 2.3%
Liberal Democrat: no change
Monster Raving Loony: UP 0.3%
Communist: UP 0.6% (no votes in 2015)
UKIP: DOWN 3.8% (no votes in 2017)
BNP: DOWN 1% (no votes in 2017)
Socialist: DOWN 0.5% (no votes in 2017)
A further 230 users responded, but did not settle on a party.
42 were undecided, and could not be swayed to pick a favourite.
31 said they would choose not to vote.
11 were not eligible to vote.
Other responses can be roughly categorised as follows:
51 Explicitly declined to answer
44 Miscellaneous evasion
19 Comedy answers (”monster cock party”, ”bukkake party”, “UKIP” etc)
13 Too horny to engage politically (inc. 3 who just sent nudes)
8 Just replying “hi” or “hello” or something, ignoring the opening question, and proceeding to attempt a conversation like it was never asked
In addition, here is a count of secondary positive mentions of parties – second choices for those who are voting for a different party, or parties mentioned as possibilities for those who remain undecided:
4 Lib Dem
These are parties that were singled out for negative mentions, often preceded by an “Anything but”:
In conclusion, the SNP wane slightly but remain comfortably dominant, while Labour pulls far ahead of the Tories as the opposition. Also, for the first time since 2015, I’ve been able to complete a poll without getting banned from Grindr. I am confident this will be remembered as one of the most politically significant turnarounds of 2017.
(See also: the Grindr election poll in England.)