A STUDY has revealed that Jeremy Corbyn failed to inspire younger voters in the 2017 General Election and experts have claimed turnout among under-25s was the same as 2015 when The Conservatives won a majority.
The ‘youthquake’ of the 2017 General Election was a myth and was certainly not behind Jeremy Corbyn’s performance, a team of experts has found.
According to the British Election Study (BES) the biggest boost in turnout was among the 30 to 45s – the same age group that saw the biggest switch in allegiance from Tory to Labour.
The Tories failed to win an outright majority because voters between 30-45 switched to Labour.
Voters under the age of 25 were more likely to vote Labour than ever before, but there was no evidence they flocked to the polls in greater numbers.
“The Labour ‘youthquake’ explanation looks to become an assumed fact about the 2017 election,” the report said.
“The Oxford English Dictionary even declared ‘youthquake’ their word of the year. But people have been much too hasty. There was no surge in youth turnout at the 2017 election.”
Tory MP Micheal Fabricant said: No “youthquake” says research but, more importantly, young voters influenced by and rebelled against #Brexit vote – not tuition fees. Worrying for #Labour if the next election is after a successful and clean Brexit.