After a week of skyrocketing membership and record-breaking polling, the Green Party’s popularity has hit an all-time high among young people, with YouGov’s latest poll putting the party at 29% among 18-24s – level with the Labour Party.
The Greens have recently seen a surge in popularity following Ofcom’s controversial ruling that the party are not a ‘major player’ in the upcoming General Election.
Membership of the Young Greens has more than doubled in less than three months, and has grown from 1,300 at the end of 2013 to over 14,000 today.
Siobhan MacMahon, Young Greens Co-Chair, said:
“This latest polling shows that the alternative, positive vision which the Green Party offers is what young people are looking for. Young people in this country have been hit hard by austerity, and are increasingly rejecting the politics of fear and blame which the mainstream parties continue to peddle."
Despite this resurgence of youth political engagement, the new Individual Voter Registration system has seen a fall of almost 50% in the number of 18-year-olds registered to vote in the past year. Critics of the system have claimed that it is a cynical move by the conservatives to boost their election chances by limiting the number of young people – who are less likely to vote Conservative than older demographics – who are able to vote.
Siobhan MacMahon said:
“The establishment is running scared of the surging popularity for the Green Party – and it should be. For young people the Green Party represents a totally different type of politics – one that promotes equality for everyone and not just for the 1%.”