Definition of floating voter in English:

floating voter


  • A person who has not decided which way to vote in an election, or one who does not consistently vote for the same political party.

    ‘the party leader stepped up his efforts to appeal to floating voters’
    • ‘Nobody seems to have told him that the floating voters - who win and lose elections - do not like that sort of thing.’
    • ‘Asked to compare their ideal party to a type of drink and a sport, floating voters in one poll opted for red wine and football.’
    • ‘His aim has been to say as little as possible, so as not to give his party a character which floating voters could object to.’
    • ‘In the last general election I wasn't quite a floating voter, despite wavering.’
    • ‘That may attract floating voters, but the core issues are what win elections.’
    • ‘The Labour Party is an electoral-machine and as such chases the votes of floating voters in middle England.’
    • ‘It holds great appeal, not just for the Republican Party's voter base, but also for the countless floating voters of Middle America.’
    • ‘This election has revealed many alienated voters, who see the party machines robbing them of their franchise in favour of the minority floating voters in the marginal seats who can and do decide the outcome of elections.’
    • ‘The third key factor in the decision of the floating voters was the image of the parties themselves.’
    • ‘He claimed a poll commissioned by Help The Aged showed that 54 per cent of floating voters said the issue would help sway their vote.’
    • ‘I am the archetypal floating voter; I really do vote according to what seem to me to be the merits of the case at any one particular time.’
    • ‘David admits he's a floating voter who will make up his mind on how to vote nearer the time.’
    • ‘I'm not a member of the conservative party, I'm a floating voter.’
    • ‘In particular, the parties are interested in those voters in the marginal constituencies who are likely to switch parties - the floating voters.’
    • ‘Where once 20 per cent of the electorate were considered floating voters, now 80 per cent are.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, 70% voted either Conservative or Labour and the floating voters were the minority.’
    • ‘Election features include BBC Southern Counties Radio following the opinions of a panel of floating voters and an election soap opera at BBC Radio Leicester.’
    • ‘The prime minister appeals less to Labour activists than to floating voters.’
    • ‘If the roses and pledge cards were designed to appeal to middle-class floating voters, the message was essentially one of spending, which didn't appeal to that constituency at all.’
    • ‘This was one of those matches that doesn't have a huge appeal to the floating voters of sport.’


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