Youthquake – a reply to our critics

13 Feb 2018

In the wake of the release of the 2017 BES face-to-face data, and our analysis that showed no evidence of a surge in youth turnout at the 2017 election, some commentators have challenged our findings.  

The key message of our original article (published on BBC online and also as a working paper here) was simply that the best evidence that we have to date on the age-turnout relationship comes from the British Election Study face-to-face validated sample, and this shows no surge in youth turnout. Indeed, as might be expected with a small change in overall turnout, this was fairly evenly spread across groups. The 2017 age turnout relationship looked much like it has for many years.

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