- Likelihood of voting
37% of students 'absolutely certain' to vote, 8% 'certain' not to
- How they would vote
Lib Dem: 31%
- But among solely third-year students
Lib Dem: 29%
- Compared with first-years
Lib Dem: 32%
- So the younger you are, the less likely to vote Labour. But students at new universities (32%) were more likely to vote Labour than students at old universities (24%). Students at old universities were more likely to vote Liberal Democrat (33%).
- Main reason behind vote
20% - education and tuition fees
12% - Iraq war
13% - economy
15% - public services generally
- Education/tuition fees were more likely to be the main reason behind women's vote (26%) than men's (14%).
- Almost as many men (19%) said their vote would be decided by the economy as the overall vote based on attitudes to education/tuition fees (20%). Once again, education/tuition fees were more a concern of first-years (24%) than third-years (14%).
- Who they expect to win
Lib Dems 6%
Of the 1000 students polled, one male third-year student at a post-92 university said the Scottish National Party/Plaid Cymru would win the next election.
- Other reasons for voting intention (in their own words)
Christian values/biblical morals.
No to Euro.
UK behaves like a loyal dog to the US.
Hatred of Tony Blair.
Family always voted that way.
I can't see Michael Howard as PM.
Hatred of Gordon Brown.
Civil liberties, identity cards.
If they promise to give me money.
Corruption and kissing US arse.