The PhD student's vote
Ceri Gorton, 23, London
'I don't trust Blair after Iraq, but it seems inevitable Labour will squeeze another election victory from a public that feels it has fewer and fewer choices. I'll be casting my ballot elsewhere, in the naive hope that change is possible. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I'm mainly concerned with education. It is essential to improve access for those young people who want to go to university while also offering valuable vocational alternatives. Above all, in terms of foreign policy and the economy, it would be nice to feel that the government was working for us rather than for American globalisation.'
Will vote for: Liberal Democrats
The chick-lit vote
Adele Parks, 36, novelist, London
'I'm not old, poor or in need of extended maternity leave - the groups Labour seems to be looking after - but I have enjoyed living under a stable economy, and our country is enjoying a prosperity that I can't remember before in my lifetime. I loathe the idea of being governed by pompous Tories, as they dragged us through desperate boom-and-bust times.'
Will vote for: Labour
The nail technician's vote
Tania Doe, 27, Essex
'I've always used my vote and, until recently, always voted Conservative. When Tony Blair got in, I thought, "He's young, he might do a good job," but the government has never fulfilled its promises on the NHS and education. I'm disillusioned with them all, Lib Dems included, and no one Conservative politician sticks in your mind. I will be voting Tory this time, because of the council tax rebanding and what it's doing to my parents. They're now thinking about leaving the house they worked all their lives to pay for, because they can't afford to live there.'
Will vote for: Conservatives
The businesswoman's vote
Tracy Witlock, 40, Weybridge. Runs a catering company
'I think a lot of people feel squashed by political correctness, and I blame Labour for that. People feel uncomfortable voicing their concerns over immigration, and teachers and parents have lost the right to discipline children. We need to see the return of National Service so that younger generations can learn a respect for themselves and the country they're living in. The Conservatives have swayed me with their immigration policies. I was rooting for the Lib Dems at the last election, but they seem invisible this time. I'm not happy at the way Blair fraternises with Bush. The Americanisation of this country is sad.'
Will vote for: Conservatives
The psychologist's vote
Dr Linda Papadopoulos, 31, London
'I believe in democracy and I voted Labour in the last election. It's like having a boyfriend who lets you down, but the only alternative is a boyfriend who your friend has already dated and has warned you off as well. I am still undecided who I will vote for in this election. I just feel like I have been lied to, and I am not sure how to react to that.'
Will vote for: Undecided
The waitress's vote
Carol Godfrey, 42, east London
'I'm not impressed with any of the major parties - they all contradict themselves. I'm tempted by the Green Party but I don't know enough about their campaign yet to decide. My grandson is five months old and I'm worried about global warming and his future. I think Tony Blair is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and Michael Howard is too far right for me, especially over immigration. Charles Kennedy is all right, but he hasn't got the clout to be prime minister.'
Will vote for: Undecided, possibly Green Party