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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Education, education, education

The Prime Minister's mantra rebounds on him as a poll in today's Independent reveals a dramatic slump in support for Labour among teachers. More than half of those who voted for the party in 2001 said they would not support it this time - with most of them switching to the Liberal Democrats.

As Simon Titley also notes two separate polls published today by The Times Higher Education Supplement reveal that a majority of students and academics plan to vote Liberal Democrat as well.

Support for the Liberal Democrats among teachers and students has rocketed, a new poll finds.

Some 47 per cent of students have decided to back the Lib Dems, compared to 23 per cent opting for Labour and 22 per cent for the Conservatives, the Times Higher Education Supplement found.

The figure is up eight points since February. Labour is down six percentage points.

Among university lecturers and academics, 44 per cent said they planned to vote for the Lib Dems, double the number in 2001, the Opinion Panel Research poll found.

This can only be good for us and bodes well in University seats such as Swansea West, Cardiff Central, Ceredigion and Conwy.
Comments:
What makes the Lib Dems think that students in Swansea, Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Bangor are actually registered to vote in those constituencies? They’re far more likely to be registered in their “home” constituencies!!

I’d be very interested in finding out the stats of how many students have actually registered, or opted, to vote at their “University home” rather than “home”.

I’d say, therefore, your hope of gaining “the student vote” in these University towns may prove to be “a damp squib”.
 
Most colleges now automatically register students living in college accommodation. That is certainly the case in Swansea. The rest is down to effective campaigning, so we shall see.
 
they don't automatically reg everyone I think they do it for just over 1/3 of the newbies. Most students spend 2/3 of their time (unless they are english students then they keep getting "reading weeks") at uni so thats where they are more likly to vote
 
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