According to this chart, the percentage of UK citizens bothering to vote at general elections has fallen sharply in recent years - from 78% in 1992 to just 61% in 2005. Although turnout figures from 2005 are slightly higher than those from 2001, personal experience tells me that a large percentage of people are still extremely apathetic towards voting. There must be a catalyst for the sudden drop in percentages, so what is it and how can it be reversed? Edited to add: I'd also be interested to see the percentage of different age groups/minorities/etc. who voted, but couldn't find this information anywhere.