With Brexit looming over the UK, there has been a lot of discussion about students and whether or not their vote contributes to the final result in an election.
Whilst there is no concrete evidence that students can determine an outcome their vote is very powerful, which is why the Labour Party in particular often gear their manifesto towards students in hopes of getting their votes.
However according to the Independent, this year Labour’s student vote has decreased very dramatically, as it currently stands at 43% when just 20 months earlier it was at 70%.
This could suggest that students have not been that involved in politics recently, potentially because they may not understand what is going on or because they are just uninterested.
Many have argued that students are in fact not educated enough in politics to have a valid opinion and vote on the matter.
“What is the EU?”
If you look at the 2016 referendum which was about whether or not we should leave the EU, the second most search thing on google was ‘What is the EU?’.
If you look at the amount of young people here in Canterbury alone there are over 17,000 students enrolled at the Canterbury Christ Church university, who all have the power to vote.
However the argument still stands.
To get a better understanding on the effect uneducated student voters are having on politics and the outcome of elections and referendums, I spoke to university lecturer Dr Paul Anderson who specialises in Politics.
Lecturer Paul Anderson Interview
From speaking to a professional in the field it is clear to see that the education of voters in politics is important, as people should know what they are voting on and the impact that their vote has on politics.
However it is not detrimental to the final outcome, if students are not educated in politics.