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Youth Turnout At U.K. General Election Was The Highest In 25 Years

New data shows the greatest share of 18-24 year olds voted since 1992.

June 20, 2017
Youth Turnout At U.K. General Election Was The Highest In 25 Years Labour Party supporters wear Jeremy Corbyn masks in Islington, north London on June 7, 2017.   Isabel Infantes/Getty

A greater number of young people turned out to vote in the U.K.'s recent snap election than in the last 25 years, according to new analysis by market research organization Ipsos MORI.

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64% of registered voters aged between 18-24 are estimated to have voted in the June 9 election, which saw the Conservatives remain in power under Theresa May and the Labour Party gain seats in parliament. This figure is the highest it has been since 67% of the same demographic voted in 1992.

Age proved a dividing factor with the gap between young Labour supporters and Conservative voters over 55 widening to the largest since Ipsos MORI records began in 1979. The swing to Labour is attributed to under 44s, mainly 25-34s, while there was a swing to the Conservatives among over 55s. Meanwhile, Labour increased its vote share more among women age 18-24 than men of the same age.


Labour, under leader Jeremy Corbyn, focused much of their campaign on younger voters. Policies in their manifesto included plans to scrap university tuition fees and a commitment to the NHS, welfare, and a softer Brexit.

The E.U. referendum of 2016 also played a part with 60% of 18-24s voting on the U.K.'s place in the European Union. Turnout for the E.U. vote was up from 43 % in the 2015 general election, with studies showing that voters who vote for the first time are more likely to vote again in the future.

Youth Turnout At U.K. General Election Was The Highest In 25 Years