Policy Note 4 – A Brexit Youthquake?

Posted on 17th December 2017 by Youth

Over two-thirds (68%) of students now back Labour, but most of them think Labour (55%) and Jeremy Corbyn (58%) back Remain.

The Higher Education Policy Institute and YouthSight have polled students for their current political views, voting intentions and opinions about Brexit. The results are being published in A Brexit Youthquake (HEPI Policy Note 4) by Jane Mackey, Research Manager at YouthSight, and Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

Nick Hillman said:

“Students are often regarded as having a fixed place somewhere on the left of the political spectrum. But no political party can take them for granted.”

“Jeremy Corbyn did incredibly well among students and in university cities at this year’s general election. However, this strong support could turn out to be as soft as past student support for the Liberal Democrats. It all depends on Labour’s position in relation to Brexit for nearly all students oppose the UK leaving the EU.”

“While two-thirds of students back Labour, over half of them think Labour is a pro-Remain party. If their perceptions changed, then a high proportion would be less likely to support the party or to abstain from politics.”

 

Ben Marks, Managing Director of YouthSight, said:

“Our data show that students’ understanding of Labour’s position on Brexit is based more on hope and projection than understanding and reality.”

“Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party need to make their position on Brexit crystal clear if they want to retain the support of students. If they don’t, then the party could find their much-vaunted youth vote simply melts away.”

“Given Labour’s standing in the national polls currently, the party’s position on Brexit could be the crucial factor determining whether or not they taste victory at the next election.”

 

The policy note was authored by YouthSight’s Jane Mackey and HEPI director, Nick Hillman.

 

Chat with us

If you’d like to pick our brains or find out more about our research, we welcome your questions to enquiries@youthsight.com.

 


Notes

  1. This poll builds on work undertaken by both HEPI and Youthsight on students’ political impact. For example, HEPI has previously published two full-length reports on the political impact of students: Do students swing elections? Registration, turnout and voting behaviour among full-time students by Stephen Fisher and Nick Hillman (December 2014); and Students and the 2015 general election: Did they make a difference? by Nick Hillman (October 2015).
  2. Wave 4 of the HEPI-Youthsight Monitor was conducted between 23 and 29 November 2017 among 1,018 students using YouthSight’s Student Omnibus survey, which is the UK’s largest panel of young people. The Monitor has been running since 2015: Wave 1 covered students’ perceptions of the UK’s membership of the EU (2015); Wave 2 considered free-speech issues (2016); and Wave 3 looked at how students were likely to vote in the 2017 election (2017).
  3. HEPI was established in 2002 to shape the higher education policy debate through evidence. HEPI is a UK-wide, independent and non-partisan. HEPI is funded by organisations and universities that wish to see a vibrant higher education debate as well as through our own events.
  4. YouthSight was established in 2004.  We help clients see the world through the eyes of young people, students and young professionals. Our three specialist practice teams provide the insights and data that universities, brands and policy-makers, market research and advertising agencies need. Our findings are regularly in the news, helping to fuel debates around Gen Y and Gen Z, trends in higher education and best practice in youth research.  We own and manage The OpinionPanel Community – the UK’s largest youth research community, comprised of 135,000 16-30 year olds; all ready and willing to take part in research surveys, online communities and co-creation exercises.  Since our foundation, one of our core principles has been to treat our research participants with respect and pay them decent incentives. That’s why clients know that we’re able to provide very high quality primary research.  Additionally, we develop fantastic award-winning research tools, hire super-smart consultants and really care about customer service.

Related Posts

HE Insight Club Event – Youth In Focus...

11th January 2018

YouthSight is excited to share the great success of the first HE Insight Club Event. Specifically designed for the members of our HE Insight...

POSTED INEvents, News

YouthSight Speaks At MRS Kids & Youth Insights 2018...

5th January 2018

Finally getting to grips with Millennials? Its now time to dive into the world of Generation Z - the newest and possibly even more challengi...

POSTED INEvents, News

Policy Note 4 – A Brexit Youthquake?...

17th December 2017

Over two-thirds (68%) of students now back Labour, but most of them think Labour (55%) and Jeremy Corbyn (58%) back Remain. The Higher Ed...

POSTED INNews, Press, Student Vote

Free Webinar & Comparative Reports On Millennials In The U.S. & U...

7th November 2017

The Influencer Effect and The Millennial Employee Handbook compare the behavior and preferences of Millennials in the U.S. and U.K. on influ...

Living Lens & YouthSight Enter Partnership: Living Lens Proves Ideal V...

31st October 2017

London, UK, 31st October 2017 YouthSight are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Living Lens research platform for capturing...

POSTED INNews, Press

Free Webinar: Gen Z, Millennials & Food: 10 Trends You Need To Know...

9th October 2017

Our Youth Research & Insight Research Manager, Jane Mackey will be hosting a free webinar to reveal 10 food trends we've spotted in our ...

YS Speaks At CX & Insight Leaders...

5th October 2017

Our head of Youth Research & Insight, Josephine Hansom will be presenting 'Millennial trends that reveal the State of the Youth Nation',...

POSTED INEvents, News

Sodexo Launches 2017 International University Lifestyle Report...

21st September 2017

YouthSight have worked with Sodexo on their biennial University Lifestyle Survey every edition since the survey’s second outing in 2006. ...

POSTED INNews, Press