Tuesday 21 November 2017

Here's why you shouldn't believe that young voter turnout percentage

The figure of 72% is being widely shared on Twitter.

By Jessica Pitocchi

If you’ve been on social media in the aftermath of the General Election result, it’s likely you’ll have spotted the statistic that voter turnout among young people was 72%.

The stat is being widely circulated on Twitter, reported in some of the media and repeated by re-elected Labour MP David Lammy.

But the thing is – it’s impossible to know how big or small the turnout among young people was because no data is collected on age groups.

The general turnout figure won’t be known for a few weeks either, according to pollster Ipsos Mori.

So perhaps another lesson in thinking before you tweet/retweet.

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