Student, youth & young professional research

YouthSight’s student voting data featured in The Prospect


YouthSight’s February 2015 student polling data has been recently featured in The Prospect. In a recent article discussing the relevancy of the Lib Dem party, our research was reported which outlined the decrease in support for Lib Dem among student voters. Currently, only 7% of students would vote Lib Dem – a sharp decline in support since the last election. YouthSight has been tracking students’ voting intentions for the last … Continue reading

Accurately polling student opinion


By Melanie Cohen, Project Director Bright Young Things – OpinionPanel When I recently joined OpinionPanel I was keen to know about two aspects of the business. First, how effective is an online panel of students and graduates as a means to providing access and reach to the student population and second how accurate is the data collected via an on-line survey? I am relieved to report that I have been … Continue reading

Lib Dems face their hardest hours as the realities of power sink in

Publisher: The Observer
Publication date: December 7 2010
Title: Lib Dems face their hardest hours as the realities of power sink in

Polling figures from The Student Panel have recently been cited by The Observer. The Observer article starts: Simon Wright, the Liberal Democrat MP for Norwich South, looked tiny, seated at the front of Lecture Theatre One at the University of East Anglia. Staring at him were hundreds of students who had packed the hall for a debate on tuition fees. Near the MP was a placard reminding Wright of his … Continue reading

Liberal Democrats dumped by the student electorate after a whirlwind romance


Summary – At the beginning of the election campaign, prior to the leadership debates, student support was split between the three main parties. 27% intended to vote Lib Dem, compared with 30% Conservative and 32% Labour.  (Fieldwork dates: 25 February – 4 March 2010) – After the second of the three leadership debates, 50% of students intended to vote for the Lib Dems. This growth was at the expense of … Continue reading

Lib Dem candidates tell Clegg: oppose tuition fees rise

Publisher: Channel 4 News
Publication date: November 30 2010
Title: Lib Dem candidates tell Clegg: oppose tuition fees rise

Research carried out by OpinionPanel has been mentioned in a Channel 4 news online. The article starts: More than 100 Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidates sign a petition calling on the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, to oppose a rise in university tuition fees. Despite a Lib Dem pledge at the election to vote against a rise in fees, the Coalition Government is proposing that universities should be able to charge … Continue reading

Tuition Fees and Student Protest


This story was prepared by press agency London Media based on fieldwork conducted by OpinionPanel using our Student Omnibus Survey. The majority of students in the UK feel betrayed by Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats over rising tuition fees, according to damning new figures. A new survey shows 73 per cent of university students feel let down by Nick Clegg and his party, for supporting a rise in tuition … Continue reading

Liberal Democrats target previously safe seats

Publication date: May 2 2010
Title: Liberal Democrats target previously safe seats as election confidence grows


Opinionpanel Research’s student voting poll showing that the student vote has doubled in support for the Liberal Democrats was mentioned in an article in the Sunday Observer. The article starts: Nick Clegg is to widen the Liberal Democrats‘ campaign to include Tory and Labour seats previously regarded as unwinnable, amid growing confidence that his party can make shock gains in Thursday’s election. Private polling has indicated that several seats not … Continue reading

‘Cleggmania’, fees and the student vote

Publisher: Times Higher Education
Publication date: April 30 2010
Title: ‘Cleggmania’, fees and the student vote


The televised debates between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have boosted student support for the Liberal Democrats, new research shows. A poll of more than 1,000 students by Opinionpanel Research conducted after the first two leaders’ debates found that half of those planning to vote back the Lib Dems. The research was mention in an article in the Times Higher Education which starts: Lib Dem leader’s success in … Continue reading