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UK General Election 2019

Posted by Richard Ward

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With this Thursday's election fast approaching we asked students "Who do you plan on voting for in the UK general election 2019?" and these were the findings.

The overwhelming majority of students indicated they would be voting for Labour, with 56% of respondents choosing the party.

The second most popular choice was Conservatives with a share of 17%, whilst 13% stated their intention was to vote for the Liberal Democrats.

The findings are in line with those reported by YouGov who suggest age continues to divide the electorate.

When YouGov recently asked 18-29 year-olds who they intended to vote for, Labour captured 51%, with 20% suggesting they will choose the Conservatives.

Whilst Labour looks like it will capture the majority of youth votes in 2019, the share could be lower than in 2017. When the same question was posed by YouGov in 2017, 60% of 18-29 year-olds indicated they would vote for Labour, with the decline attributed to a rise in the popularity of the Liberal Democrats.

Similarly, when StuRents posed the same question to the guarantors of students, 32% backed the Conservatives, with 26% preferring Labour. In comparison, YouGov placed the vote share for Conservatives for those aged between 40-49 at 37%, with this figure increasing in line with age.

Whilst the outcome of the election is anything but certain, it is clear that political preference is correlated to age.

Student Responses: Who do you plan on voting in UK general election 2019?

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