Teens Most Likely To Favour Labour – But A Quarter Undecided: A survey of more than 2,300 teenagers (15-18 year olds) has shown that around a quarter (24.8%) would vote for Labour if able to vote in the General Election today. Revealingly, the same proportion as would vote Labour said that that they did not know who they would vote for.
The Conservative party came second, with around a fifth (19.3%) of the vote, with the Greens (10.2%) and UKIP (9.9%) in close contention for third place. In comparison to the mainstream adult population, the support for the three main parties in Westminster was lower across the board among teens, according to data from polls in the run up to the general election.
The situation is particularly worrying for the Liberal Democrats, as fewer teenagers said they would vote for the party (4.1%) than said that they would not vote even if they had the opportunity (5.2%). This is despite the Lib Dems suggesting they are the “Party of Education” in their election campaign.
Labour’s popularity may well be buoyed among this group as a result of their pledge to lower the voting age to 16 if elected. Indeed, more than two fifths (44.3%) said that they would like to see the change brought in.
Other apparently popular alterations to the voting system included almost three fifths of teenagers (56.9%) supporting online or text voting, with two in five (39.6%) stating that their preferred approach to voting would be to do so online. This is not necessarily an approach which will not happen in the future; in 2011 around a quarter of votes in Estonia were cast online, with each citizen receiving an electronic card which works as an ‘online signature’.
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