General Election 2017: YouGov figures put young vote at less than 60 per cent

Caroline Blennerhassett
Young voters were a key focus during the 2017 election (Source: Getty)

New figures analysing the ages of voters in last week’s General Election have suggested that turnout among those aged 18-24 was less than 60 per cent.

Twitter reports in the aftermath of the election claimed that a greater than expected number of young people voted in the General Election last Thursday, with some sources hailing numbers as high as 72 per cent.

According to Sky News figures from last week, 66.4 per cent of 18-24 year olds took part in the vote, however, YouGov’s statistics put the vote at less than 60 per cent.

According to YouGov, which surveyed over 50,000 British adults about their vote in the General Election, 57 per cent of 18-19 year olds and 59 per cent of 20-24 year olds voted this year.

This was still a positive change for youth turnout: compared to just 43 per cent in the 2015 General Election, the young vote has notably increased, with the turnout for young adults up to 16 percentage points higher than two years ago.

However, despite this spike, youngsters are still noticeably less likely to vote than older people, with YouGov’s survey showing that 84 per cent of people aged 70+ voted in this year’s election.

Ipsos Mori, which conducted the bombshell exit poll for BBC, Sky and ITV, has yet to release its own figures.

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