Corbyn's Labour is winning the election -- with voters under 40

May 1, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn with supporters.

“Labour is solidly ahead of the Conservatives with voters under 40 years old, despite being more than 20 points behind in the polls overall, according to a significant new poll,” The Independent said on April 26.

The article said a mega-poll of nearly 13,000 voters by YouGov conducted over a two-and-a- half week period found Labour’s socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn would be heading to Downing Street were the election decided by 18-40 year olds. It found Labour was particularly popular with women under 40, who split 42% in favour of Corbyn’s labour and 27% for the Conservative Party.

The poll found Labour was well behind in the polls overall – by about 20 points – due to a significantly lower expected turnout among young voters and a huge generational divide. 

Just over 40% of voters under 40 say they were “certain to vote” compared with 64% of those above 40.

The Independent said: “The divide in the poll mirrors the split at the European Union referendum, where older voters pulled Britain out of the European Union against the overwhelming wishes of younger voters.”

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