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Age in Scotland – does the referendum tell us anything?

by on September 19, 2014

Throughout the closely fought campaign there was much discussion of both gender and age key dimensions in voting preferences.  Age was a particularly key dimension as the vote was extended to 16 and 17 year olds for the first time, with much made of younger tendency to the ‘Yes’ against older ‘No’ voters.  For example a specific aspect of the Yes campaign focused on “Generation Yes” asking young people to help “move their older relatives to yes“.  The picture was of course more complex, with for example, much press coverage given to a letter from young shipbuilders supporting the ‘better together’ campaign.

 In the end the answer, as we know, was No.  Reuters provides useful breakdown by both age and gender, following the trends across polls and comparing these to what is known from the final vote.  Interestingly this suggests that “the Yes campaign lost ground across all age groups except those aged 40-59.




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