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This is who UK 18-24 year olds think would make the best Prime Minister

5th February 2015

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David Cameron is the top choice for PM amongst 18-24 year olds, according to a survey – but he’s got strong competition from Pub Landlord Al Murray.

The poll of more than 2,000 people, carried out by PR and communications agency Hotwire, saw the current Prime Minister come out on top with 29.6% of the vote in this age group.

Cameron also came top across the board, scoring 28.7% amongst all age groups.

In second place was Al Murray, AKA the Pub Landlord, who recently announced that he is to run directly against UKIP’s Nigel Farage in South Thanet.

Murray scored 25.8% of the 18-24 year old vote – more than Ed Miliband (14.5%) and Nick Clegg (7.8%) combined.

Murray previously said that he had decided to run after hearing "destiny's call, like a trumpet in the far distance."

The Green Party leader Natalie Bennett was named by 13.9% of 18-24 year olds questioned, whilst UKIP’s Nigel Farage came out with 8.3%.

Nick Clegg, possibly reflecting a severe dent in his popularity amongst students after reversing his promises on tuition fees, came bottom of the table with just 7.8% choosing him as their favoured PM.

According to Hotwire, in 2010 as many as one in four voters were prepared to back Nick Clegg as Prime Minister – but that number has now dropped to one in 14. 

Across all of those who responded to the poll, the results were almost exactly the same – the only difference being that the general population were more likely to favour Nigel Farage (12.4%) over Natalie Bennett (10.5%).

The full results were:

1. David Cameron - 28.7%2.

2. Al Murray - 26.3%3.

3. Ed Miliband - 14.9%4.

4. Nigel Farage - 12.4%5.

5. Natalie Bennett - 10.5%6.

6. Nick Clegg – 7.2% 

Results from 18-24 year olds:

1. David Cameron - 29.6%

2. Al Murray - 25.8%

3. Ed Miliband - 14.5%

4. Natalie Bennett - 13.9%

5. Nigel Farage - 8.3%

6. Nick Clegg - 7.8%

Steven George-Hilley, Head of Public Sector at Hotwire, said: “These findings underline the extent of voter apathy in Britain, with more people fancying the Pub Landlord as Prime Minister, instead of Ed Miliband. It is vital that the main political parties invest more time engaging with electorate to break down these barriers and restore trust in the political process.”

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and students are being urged to make sure their vote will count when the General Election arrives in May. Registering to vote only takes around five minutes and you can do so here.

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