Green Party gaining in popularity amongst students
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The Green Party is increasing in popularity amongst students, according to a survey from youth research company YouthSight. The Greens came second in YouthSight’s December 2014 polls, and research released last week (February 2015) shows a further increase in popularity: Natalie Bennett’s party has increased its share of student votes to 28%. This puts the Greens just 5% behind Labour, whose share has decreased to 33%. Despite the popularity of Natalie Bennett’s party, Labour are still the most popular political party amongst students – despite the fact that the number of students saying that they will vote for them is falling. Over the past 18 months, Labour has lost 15% of its student vote, whilst popularity for the Green Party has grown by 18%. The poll also shows that the Conservatives are the third most popular party for students, with 23% of votes. The Lib Dems are at 7% and UKIP are at 2%. YouthSight’s survey revealed that students see the Labour Party and the Green Party as moderately more interested in young people and their issues when compared to the other main political parties. Students admitted that they see David Cameron’s Conservatives and Nigel Farage’s UKIP to be the least interested in young people and their needs and concerns.