Public attitudes towards the plight of and policies for young people

Bartek Staniszewski

October 2023

Younger people in this country are disillusioned with the Conservative Government. Only 1% of 18-24-year-olds in the UK intend to vote for the Conservatives in the next election, according to a recent YouGov poll.

There has been much debate about whether this collapse in support for centre-right politics among younger adults in Britain is largely because of material or cultural reasons; whether the economic circumstances of younger adults – squeezed living standards and expensive housing – are more to blame for their turn away from the Conservative Party, or whether diverging cultural values are.

This polling seeks to answer those questions and provides a snapshot into the current public attitudes concerning how younger people are and should be supported by government.

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