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Labour the most popular party among teens, survey shows, but mainstream parties all underperform

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Labour is the most popular party among secondary school students, with nearly a quarter saying they would vote for them if they were given the chance to have their say in tomorrow’s general election, a survey of teenagers has found.

A poll of more than 2,300 teenagers revealed that 24.8 per cent of 15- to 18-year-olds would choose the party if they were able to cast their preference on who should run the country. However, the same figure said they didn't know how they would vote.

The Conservatives came in second place with 19.3 per cent , and the Green Party were third with 10.2 per cent.

Interestingly, Ukip were next with 9.9 per cent of pupils saying they would vote for the anti-EU party. Worryingly for the Lib Dems, just 4.1 per cent of students said they would consider the party, fewer than the 5.2 per cent who said they wouldn’t vote if they were able to. Overall, support for the three main Westminster parties was lower than among the adult voting population. 

The survey follows a TES and YouGov poll, which showed that Labour was the most popular party among teachers. 

And Labour’s election pledge of lowering the voting age to 16 is clearly popular among the respondents, with 44.3 per cent saying they would like to see the change brought in.

And in a sign of the times, 56.9 per cent of teenagers said they would like to be able to vote either online or via text message, with 39.6 per cent of youngsters saying voting online would be their preferred choice of casting their vote.

The survey was undertaken by Gojimo, a revision app popular among students. The company’s founder and chief executive, George Burgess, said it showed how engaged young people are.

“The idea of giving teenagers the vote at 16 is clearly gaining ground in the UK,” Mr Burgess said. “The fact that 70 per cent of respondents had a clear idea of who they would vote for, with only 5 per cent saying they wouldn’t exercise their right to vote, demonstrates that this group is politically aware and ready for their opinion to be heard.” 

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