Young people turned out en masse for the party on 8th June—but if Labour's to approach majority territory, it will need to broaden its electoral appeal. The numbers prove thatby Joe Greenwood / June 21, 2017 / Leave a comment
Going into the election most commentators expected Labour to lose ground. However, the party’s strong performance saw it picking up 30 seats and increasing its majorities across a raft of previously marginal constituencies.
When looking at the reasons for this better-than-expected performance, many have pointed to Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to motivate young people to turn out and vote for his party. But how far does the perception that it was the young that swung things tally with the reality?
Our post-election survey of more than 52,000 people found that turnout among 18-24 year-olds was 58 per cent—11 points lower than the overall rate. But older people are still much more likely to vote than younger people, with turnout among those aged 70+ hitting 84 per cent. However, while the youth is being comprehensively out-gunned by the baby boomers, there are a couple of important points to make.