Over 80 per cent of over-65s intend to vote
Britain Stronger in Europe made a video urging young voters to register
Just 47 per cent of voters under 24 plan to vote in the EU referendum, according to a new poll by BMG Research, compared with 80 per cent for voters over 65.
The polling data, commissioned by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), suggests a huge advantage for Brexit supporters, as young people tend to favour EU membership, while over-65s are mostly for leaving.
The results were up slightly from April, when 41 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds planned to vote, and 76 per cent of over-65s.
The polling also found that a third (32 per cent) of those aged 18 to 24 have not even been contacted about the referendum by campaigns, compared to 13 per cent for those over 65.
Darren Hughes, deputy chief executive of the ERS, said:
‘The huge 33 percentage point chasm between young and old when it comes to whether they will ‘definitely’ vote bodes badly for our democracy when it comes to ensuring we have as representative a vote as possible.’
‘Around four million 18 to 24-year-olds are unregistered, so with three weeks to go until the referendum, we need extra efforts to encourage them to sign up in colleges, universities and workplaces across the country.
‘This referendum shouldn’t be decided by one generation on behalf of another – this is a vital national conversation that needs to involve everyone, not just older voters.’
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