For 10 years, we have been tracking students’ thoughts and attitudes towards the UK government and quizzing them about their voting intentions. You guys came back to us with some interesting responses and our research took the internet by storm… here are the key findings.
Green party are still the second most popular party among students
Yep, you read right – support for The Green party is at an all time high, and it continues to rise. The Green party have been voted as the second most popular party among students, coinciding with a decrease in support for Labour. Although Labour are still polling as students’ most popular political party, they’ve witnessed a steady decrease in popularity since September 2014.
News about The Green party spread like wildfire – The Greens shared our latest research on their Facebook page, and the unprecedented traffic to our site nearly overloaded our servers… fame can be bittersweet!
We care, we’re registered to vote!
There were some concerns over the UK youth’s participation in the general election since the Individual Voter System was introduced, but your answers paint a more positive picture. 78% of undergrad students reported they are registered to vote (with 22% unsure if they are/definitely aren’t registered.)
11% aren’t voting, and here’s why…
11% of students aren’t registered to vote and don’t intend to register in time for the election in May. The most popular reasons for this are ‘not knowing enough about politics’, ‘not being political’ and ‘not knowing who to vote for’. In fact, over half of students asked think politicians don’t care about the needs and concerns of young people. 87% of students feel that politicians do not have their best interests at heart, 76% don’t trust politicians and 58% do not believe in the current UK political system!
What do you think about our findings? Are you voting? If not, do you agree with one of the reasons above? What would you like to change to promote trust between yourself and political parties? We welcome all comments below…
Notes: The OpinionPanel Community works exclusively with YouthSight – a specialist youth market research agency. Government bodies, policy holders, exciting brands and universities work with YouthSight for access to our awesome community of 140,000 young people – that’s you! All of the data you see above was answered by our community.