Why is David Cameron so desperate for young people to vote in the EU referendum?
British PM David Cameron and the ‘Remain’ camp are increasingly desperate to convince young people to vote in the EU referendum – and rightly so. If they don’t cast their ballot, pollsters and pundits suggest a knife-edge vote could swing to a Brexit.
‘Remain’ campaigners are concerned voter turnout on June 23, especially among the youth, will be crucial in swinging the final result.
Young people are more positive about the EU. According to the Economist’s latest poll, 61 percent support staying in the EU while 18 percent want to leave.
While Young Britons Favor Staying in E.U., They Aren’t Big on Voting.
However, young people are much less likely to be registered. Even those who are on the books are notoriously tardy on the day.
Thirty percent of all 20-24 year olds are unregistered, compared with just five percent of those over retirement age.
At midnight on Tuesday June 14th, as registration closes, many young people eligible to vote in the referendum will lose the chance to do so. The country’s future therefore may hinge on the bias of an older generation of voters, nostalgic for a bygone Britain.
Supporters of the “Vote Remain” campaign in London. Young Britons are generally comfortable with a multicultural society, surveys have found, and they value the opportunity to work and travel in 28 European nations without a visa.