According to YouGov, 56% of 18-24 year olds voted Labour in the 2019 General Election. So, how significantly does your age impact the way you vote?

 

Seen in previous General Elections, the younger generation is proven to lean towards left wing parties and policies. But if you are younger, why do you tend to favour left wing politics?

 

With 18-24 year olds gravitating towards policies prioritising univeristy fees and  youth housing issues, more socially liberal groups such as the Labour party highlight what the younger demographic favour. In addition, left wing groups incline to focus on the significant issue of youth unemployment, which saw a rise for 16-24 year olds to 471,000 in October-December 2022, up 72,000 from the previous quarter. 

 

Opposingly, the elder generation has been seen to lean towards right wing political ideologies, with the Conservative party focusing on issues such as Pensions and the NHS- tending to be issues exceedingly more important with increasing age. According to The New Statesman, in 2017, the swing of voters more likely to vote for the Conservative party than the Labour party fell at the age of 47.   

 

Nevertheless, in recent years, the issues concerning the effects of the Brexit Referendum and the management of the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced the electorate’s future decisions. Following results from Statista, 24% of the pollers stated they would vote for the Conservative Party in a General Election, with 47% deciding to side with the Labour Party- compared to the results of April 2020, where 53% of pollers remained with the Conservative Party for their vote. 

 

In recent years, the age of a voter has become less influential over electoral decisions. However, the issues surrounding differing generations will always be significantly dissimilar for most, in regard of voting and societal issues