A third of students are planning to vote for Labour
Can young people sway June 8th’s election?
Over three quarters of students are planning to vote in June’s election, and the majority of them are backing Jeremy Corbyn to be their new Prime Minister.
But Labour’s promise to scrap tuition fees completely might not be convincing enough. While 34 per cent of students plan to vote Labour, 32 per cent remain undecided with a month of campaigning left.
The study of 3,400 students, compiled by UNiDAYS, made the Tories the second most popular party with 17 per cent. Only 11 per cent of young women will choose them on their ballot, compared to over 25 per cent of young men.
The Liberal Democrats are still failing to win back the hearts of young people since their u-turn on tuition fees. Only nine per cent will vote for them – just twice the amount that will choose the Green Party.
Another poll by YouthSight gave the Lib Dems a 12 per cent. Managing Director Ben Marks said: “The Lib Dems regularly enjoyed a 30 per cent to 40 per cent share among students. Given the strong support from students for the Remain side in the referendum and the centrality of Brexit at this election, it is most surprising that the Liberal Democrats have benefited so little from their unequivocal opposition to Brexit.
“They will have to work a lot harder to try and cleanse their brand of the damage inflicted by their volte face on student fees seven years ago, when most of the current undergraduate electorate was below voting age.”
In Scotland, a third of young people will vote for the SNP – making Labour the third most popular party behind the Conservatives.
And arguing with your uni mates might not be that important, because 80 per cent of students will vote in their home constituency than at university.