Three quarters of you want to stay in the EU
Only half of young people are expected to vote in the referendum
In a poll conducted by the Tab yesterday, 75 per cent of you said you wanted the UK to stay in the EU.
From the 8,500 people that participated in our poll, only one in four voted in favour of leaving. The result contrasts the general population’s expected voting decision, and an online survey by Opinium revealed that only 39 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of staying in the EU, contrasting the massive 75 per cent of young people in the Tab’s own poll.
However only half of 18-34 year olds are expected to turn up at the polling stations on the 23rd June, with figures suggesting 52 per cent, which risks the voice of young people not being represented despite the difference it could make to the day’s outcome.
David Cameron has said leaving the EU will affect young people’s opportunities to work, travel, and study across European countries. In a speech in April, he claimed: “It’s widely accepted there would be an economic shock if we left. Who gets hit hardest by those shocks? Young people.”
However, Jordan Ryan from the Leave.UK campaign believes that politicians are the driving force behind the notion to stay in the EU, and that young people who have lost faith in the establishment should not be fooled by the politicians’ tactics to persuade voters. He told the Huffington Post: “These are the same people that were pushing the same scare stories of doom and gloom if we didn’t join the Euro. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.”
Despite leave campaigners’ efforts to convince young people to vote in their favour, the general opinion remains that the demographic would be better off staying in Europe.
Sakky Barnor, a 32-year-old graduate from UCA Farnham, said: “It doesn’t make sense to leave the EU, it’s not broken so why try and fix it. Leaving will create more problems and will alienate the UK from other countries.”
Asha Bramwell, a 25 year old Goldsmiths graduate, said: “We’d be like a little blip in the world if we didn’t stay, it’s good to be part of something.”