16 Apr

Runners Vote Labour

Ed MilibandRunners are most likely to vote Labour according to new research launched by the British Heart Foundation. The psychological study, conducted by Mindlab, surveyed 2,000 adults across the UK and has uncovered that the type of sport we choose reveals a lot about our personality traits. 

It revealed that runners are not only more likely to vote Labour but are also more likely to be extroverts, love being centre of attention and listen to lively, upbeat music. 
 
The new research celebrates the launch of the BHF’s 2015 events series, which offers all ‘sporting personalities’ an event to suit them. The series includes over 70 events across the UK and overseas ranging from runs, swims, cycle rides to treks.  
 
Our choice of sport can reveal how charitable we are, the type of newspapers we are most likely to read and suggest how we might vote in the next general election. The survey also revealed that over half (61%) of UK adults wanted to take on a challenge for charity, whatever their ‘sports personality’ type.  
 
The sports personalities: 
Runners
Vote Labour 
Extroverts 
Love being the centre of attention 
Listen to lively upbeat music 
 
 Cyclists 
Vote Lib Dem
Laid back and calm 
Least likely to be depressed or suffer stress 
Materialistic 
 
Swimmers
Makes the best lovers 
Charitable 
Happiest 
Tidy 
 
Walkers (Trekkers)
Like their own company 
Charitable 
Don’t like drawing attention to themselves 
Least materialistic 
 
Gym 
Extraverted and highly emotionally stable (less likely than others to suffer mood swings) 
One of the happiest groups 
More likely than other groups to read the Sun 
Most likely to vote Conservative 
 
Yoga 
Very agreeable and conscientious (organised, find it easy to put themselves into other people’s shoes) 
One of the least materialistic groups 
Most likely out of all groups to vote for the Green party 
 
The results also highlighted the sport of choice for different cities across the UK revealing that cycling comes top of the sports in Birmingham and London. Running wins the race in Leeds and Newcastle. Swimming is the sport of choice in Cardiff, Dublin and Manchester and trekking comes top in Bristol, Glasgow, Norwich and Nottingham.
 
To see the BHF’s latest events calendar and sign up for a challenge, visit the BHF website