Talkin' 'bout my generation: stark age divide in UK election

Cheryl Sanders
June 21, 2017

But now a study by Ipsos Mori seems to confirm what everyone was thinking - age played a massive part in the election, and maybe the biggest it has in more than 50 years.

According to a new opinion poll, Labour has overtaken the Tories in popularity following the shock General Election result while four in 10 people think Theresa May should resign. Turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds rose by 16 points compared with 2015.

Describing the huge youth turn out, Ipsos MORI's Glenn Gottfried said: "Labour's always had electoral success with young people but 2017 saw an exceptional rise in their support, especially amongst young women, tied together with higher turnout compared to recent general elections - although similar to the European Union referendum".

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Labour had a 15-point lead among graduates, while the Conservatives had a 17-point lead among those with no formal qualifications.

Ipsos Mori interviewed 7,505 United Kingdom adults between April 21 and June 7. The turnout at the 2017 general election based on resident adults was 63% compared with the 69% of registered voters officially recorded; and 54% of resident 18 to 24-year-olds voted on 8 June compared with 64% of registered 18 to 24-year-olds.

Ties with their traditional votes had been weakening for decades, but with Labour up 12 points on their 2015 performance among middle class voters and the Conservatives up 12 points among the working class, both have very narrow leads among the classes they used to strongly rely on. The Labour "youthquake" also had a gender aspect, with an 18-point swing to Corbyn among younger women compared with a 3.5-point swing to Labour among younger men.

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