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‘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...

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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 televised debates and party’s stance on tuition fees yield upturn in support. Melanie Newman reports

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.

Support for the party has almost doubled since the start of the campaign, although the results do not take into account last night’s third and final debate.

Opinionpanel attributed the growth in student support for the Lib Dems to the initial televised debates, in which the party’s leader, Mr Clegg, performed well.

Read the full article on the THE site here.