Young people could decide the result of the EU referendum

If they turn out to vote, young people could decide the result of the upcoming EU referendum.

A recent Opinium poll shows that just 52% of 18 - 34 year olds say they are certain to vote in the EU referendum, to be held on the 23 June. This compares to 81% of those aged over 55.  If young people become less apathetic, it is thought that they could swing the referendum towards an In vote.  The same poll showed that 53% of 18 - 34 year olds favoured an 'In' vote, compared to just 29% wanting the UK to leave the EU. For over 55s, 54% want a Leave vote while just 30% want to remain.



With just over half of 18 - 34 year olds saying they'll definitely vote, they're the only age group which could largely influence the result of the referendum.  The Guardian quoted Opinium's Adam Drummond as saying:
“This shows how important turnout levels are going to be, particularly given the disparity between how likely the young and the old are to vote. Young people are much more pro-EU but much less likely to bother voting, meaning that a key element of Remain’s coalition is looking flaky.”
The In campaign appear to be aware of the need to mobilise young voters.  David Cameron has previously written about the need for those favouring Britain to remain in the EU to turn out and vote - In supporters tend to be more apathetic even out of the 18 - 34 age bracket.





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