General Election 2017: How big was the youth vote, and what impact did it have?

Caroline Blennerhassett

Twitter reports claim an astounding number of young people voted in the General Election last week, but the exact figure is so far unconfirmed.

The young vote has been hailed on Twitter in the aftermath of the polling with many quoting that 72 per cent of 18-24 year olds went to the polls. However, no sources for that figure have been offered.

According to Sky News, 66.4 per cent of 18-24 year olds took part in the vote, compared to 43 per cent in the 2015 general election but Ipsos MORI say an accurate figure will not be available until next week.

Historically, the turnout for young adults is far lower than older generations, but this year it appears that their vote mattered. With a substantial amount of youngsters expected to have cast their votes for Labour, the election result clearly seems to indicate an increase in votes from younger people.

According to an online poll taken by YouGov, ‘The Demographics Dividing Britain’, age plays a significant part in which political party UK citizens support. The analysis suggested that the current tipping point for ages where voters are more likely to favour the Conservatives ahead of Labour is 34 years old.

The YouGov statistics also found that for every 10 years older a voter is, their chance of voting Tory increases by around eight per cent and the chance of them voting Labour decreases by six per cent.

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