The graph gives trend lines for turnout in four different types of election in the period since the first European Parliament
elections took place in 1979.
The trend lines show that voter turnout has been on a consistently downward path at elections, both within the European
Union and in the United States. Indeed, these trends are consisent with a general decline in turnout at elections in
most G20 democracies since 1945 – from around 80% in the immediate post-war period to just over 60% today.