Students don’t know who the party leaders are?

February 18, 2010

On the face of it that would seem surprising.

However:

1) Most students are arts students. They don’t even know who they are.

2) It was carried out by Unite, a student accommodation provider. So you have a disproportionately high number of first year students, as well as a disproportionately high number of international students. I don’t expect someone from China to know who Nick Clegg is.

3) If elections are in May, during exam time, the effect is not so alarming. Then most student voters will be concentrated in a small number of constituencies, assuming they are registered to vote anyway (it seems they register you on your behalf at my university)

The fact that 66% could place Gordon Brown & David Cameron is a pretty good sign!

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