General Election 2015: how students are projected to voteBy Editor
The good people at High Fliers Research recently conducted a delightful survey that aims to give a clearer understanding on the voting intentions of students in the UK.
Considered to be the biggest independent investigation into this demographic, The Student Politics 2015 survey spoke to over 13,000 3rd year students from top universities across Britain.
What they found was a mixture of the obvious and surprise, and so you don't have to sift through the study yourself, we have compiled a list of the juiciest facts.
- 91% said that they'd "be voting for the party I think has the best policies" - as opposed to the 9% that plan on voting for the party with the shiniest hair.
- 53% of students wouldn't vote for the Liberal Democrats again because they helped increase tuition fees.
- Just over half of those asked feel that the NHS would be safer in the hands of Teddy Miliband than D Cam.
- 32% of people vote for the same party as their parents.
- 31% of people intend on voting for Labour.
- 31% of people intend on voting for the Tories.
- 25% of people intend on voting for the Greens.
- 3% of people intend on voting for the SNP.
- 3% of people intend on voting for Ukip.
15% would consider being an MP in the future - which is reasonably high considering that young adults are often stereotyped as being uninterested in politics.
In terms of the most popular parties across universities, the results looked a bit like this:
- Oxford and Cambridge came out largely supportive of Labour.
- Edinburgh and Leeds came out in favour of Green.
- Glasgow came out as fans of SNP.
- Bath and Reading came out Conservative.
On average Labour came out as the leading party with Conservative Party a close second.
So what have we learnt from this?
Well, it says that young people seem engaged with politics.
We have also learnt that by the looks of things, this year will be the closest election it’s been for decades.
This means that your vote matters, so tomorrow make sure you make your voice heard.
Tomorrow, we'll be looking at how the higher education policies of the top parties to help you make your choice.