31 per cent of Cambridge students ‘don’t know enough’ about the strikes

The Tab compared national support for the strikes to data found in Cambridge

Recently, the Union of Colleges and Universities (UCU) announced that strikes would be taking place from the 1st – 3rd of December. The Tab conducted a survey to find out how many Cambridge students support the industrial action.

A Tab Instagram survey of over 550 students found that 34 per cent of Cambridge students support the UCU strikes, with nearly the same amount (31 per cent) not knowing enough about them to form an opinion.

21.9 per cent of students responded that they supported the cause but not the strikes, whilst 12 per cent claimed that they do not support the strikes at all.

The online survey – there wasn’t a ‘right answer’ but Instagram doesn’t allow 4-way polls (Image Credits: Rebekah Treganna’s Screenshot)

Students were asked to choose between supporting the strike, opposing the strike, supporting the cause but not industrial action, and not knowing enough about the strikes to form an opinion.

The Tab found that Cambridge students support the strike significantly less than the national average. Last week, the National Union of Students (NUS UK) announced that 73% of students nationally supported the strikes.

According to our research, 21 per cent of Cambridge undergraduates surveyed supported the UCU’s cause but not the strikes. This means that the total support for the UCU in Cambridge is still 18 per cent below national support for industrial action.

Although numbers in support weren’t high, the numbers in opposition to the strikes were low.

Only 11 per cent of participants said they opposed the strikes – just two per cent higher than the national average reported by the NUS.

Feature Image Credits: Rosie Smart-Knight and Camfess 

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