Isle of Wight council election 2017: Statistical breakdown

You’ve now found out who your new councillor is, so you might be wondering how many votes they won by and what percentage of residents turned out to vote. OnTheWight has a breakdown of the detailed statistics.

announcing results at the count

As well as the live coverage throughout the count last night and this morning, OnTheWight has also put together this spreadsheet (below) with breakdown of all votes, percentage of vote and percentage of turnout.

64,488 residents chose not to vote
The turnout of voters was 44,578 (out of a possible 109,066). That’s 40.87% of the voting electorate, meaning that 64,488 residents chose not to vote.

The Conservatives took the majority and will lead the council for the next four years.

The breakdown of councillors is as follows:

  • 25 Conservative
  • 8 Independent
  • 3 Other/Unknown
  • 2 Liberal Democrat
  • 1 Labour
  • 1 Green

The stats
We’re awaiting confirmation of the number of postal and spoiled votes, which will make a slight difference to turnout percentage in the sheet below, but we thought we’d share it with you on the meantime as we may not get the updates until next week.

The newly formed full council will meet for the first time on 17th May at the Annual Council meeting, where the leader and chairperson will be appointed. The leader will then appoint their administration.

Friday, 5th May, 2017 6:18pm



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Geoff Brodie
And its always the less affluent areas that see the lowest turnouts – Ryde South, my own Newport East, Newport Central, etc. Areas which feel hardest hit by austerity, etc. At least my ward has someone who will speak up against more service cuts etc. I feel sorry for the younger families of Ryde South in particular with their absolutely useless re-elected councillor. Trying to engage the… Read more »

I certainly do wish you luck with that and appreciate your efforts. Congrats on getting back in too!

I’m pleased to say that my 18 year old daughter voted for the first time and had been looking forward to it for some time.


It was certainly depressing seeing the age of people voting when I stopped to vote on my way home from work. The early evening is the time when I’d expect most younger people to vote (after work) but I don’t think I saw a face under 50.

Mark L Francis

And that is why politicians bend over backwards to placate the elderly (eg bus passes, pensions etc.) & basically dump on younger people (lower benefits for the under 25s etc.)from a great height.

While I find the Dave Spart parody amusing, a note of realism is required. Governments have always favoured older people. Younger people have traditionally sucked it up and got on with life, secure in the knowledge that they have many years ahead in which to achieve their goals. Thankfully, this remains true for the vast majority of young people whom I know. You get out what you… Read more »
Steve Goodman
? And for the nasties, a necessary note of present day realism is required in these insufficiently amusing times. Governments have helped to produce, and now promote inequality. Wealth favours those born into it; the unlucky trying to get on with life are increasingly disadvantaged. Fortunate older people may remember benefiting from good schooling, university education without a massive debt legacy, high rates of employment, much better… Read more »

Thanks for that.

Here’s a pie chart of how the total votes are spread:comment image


41% turnout?

That is *pathetic*.

I live in Ryde South which had the lowest turnout of 26.5% When we went to vote I chatted to the polling staff about it. They said the numbers were in very marked contrast to the Brexit vote, which had queues out into the street. You would think that voting on matters that affect your daily life in a myriad of ways would be at least as… Read more »
Billy Builder
I would certainly disagree with you in you comparisons of the local elections with BRexit, in that BRexit changes the entire future of our country, its economy and its place in the world. Its a leep into the abyss from which there will be no return and no salvation. With regard to voting, then you need a voting system such as used in Scottish elections that recognises… Read more »