Lib Dems poll 20% among children and young people

Thanks to York Membery for pointing us in the direction of the First News election poll. The newspaper aimed at children polled its readers and found that the Liberal Democrats are on 20%, which compares very well with our current poll ratings of rather less than that.

The Tories were only able to muster 27%, while Labour were ahead with 32%. The Greens took 15%.

This shows that there is definitely hope for the future.

It’s interesting to see that so many young children have a good impression of us, especially as we have had far from our fair share of media coverage during this election.



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  • Richard Butler 7th Jun '17 - 3:29pm

    In contrast to Farron, I will be looking my children in the eye and telling them one day I did all I could to ensure Brexit was a success. They, like citizens of Canada or Australia will deem it perfectly normal to have grown up in an independent nation that makes her own rules.

  • It dosen’t surprise me, children are the most liberal citizens, they haven’t had it educated out of them by that point.

  • It’s because they are too young to remember when you put the tories into power.

  • Richard Butler 7th Jun '17 - 3:48pm

    Andrew, myself and most of my compatriots at school age were left leaning having been fed an ‘education’ from predominantly left leaning teachers. It’s something akin to a strict religious ‘education’.

    To give but one example of my children’s ‘education’; On Brexit they were given none of the real and rock solid positive arguments for Brexit, but a mass of Remain argument.

  • Tristan Ward 7th Jun '17 - 5:28pm

    @ Richard Butler: “They, like citizens of Canada or Australia will deem it perfectly normal to have grown up in an independent nation that makes her own rules.”

    Equally they will deem it perfectly normal to be have grown up in a United Kingdom of 3 nations of England, Wales and Scotland – to ignore the completion of inclusion of the Northern Irish! (assuming of course the Union lasts.)

  • So aren’t all the member countries of the EU like France, Germany, Spain etc independent nations as well then. Just so happens they remain members of the most successful trading block in the world and their young people are assured a brighter future when it comes to jobs, trade and inward investment.

  • Mark Goodrich 8th Jun '17 - 8:32am

    My kids get First News and this is one of a series of polls which has made me think that we should perhaps lower the voting age even further than 16!

    Good luck to all candidates today.

  • Andrew T is right. One thing I learned last year during a stint as Lord Mayor in Bradford (where my first engagement of the year was the final of the Primary Schools Debating Competition) was that there is very clearly a political awareness amongst older Primary School children which often gets dissipated by the narrowing of the curriculum in Secondary Schools.

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