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We Don't Actually Know How Many Young People Voted In The General Election Yet

There's a figure of 72% being circulated, but no one seems to know where it's from.

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People online keep saying that 72% of young people turned out to vote in the general election.

Early reports suggest that 72% of 18-24s voted. Some people are surprised. We are not. #GenerationVote

Including the re-elected Labour MP for Tottenham, David Lammy.

72% turnout for 18-25 year olds. Big up yourselves 👊👏 #GE2017

72% of 18-25 year olds voted. You fucking heroes.

From 33% turnout in the EU referendum 2016 to 72% in #GE2017. 18-24 year olds you have just made history!


So proud of this generation that have made history and truly made voices heard! 72%!!! ✊🏽✊🏼✊🏾✊🏻✊🏿S/O @BiteTheBallot…

The earliest tweet about this appears to have been posted at 11pm on Thursday night – an hour after the polls closed.

My contacts are telling me that the turnout from 18-24 year olds will be around 72/73%! Finally the Youth have turn…

Metro embedded former NUS president Malia Bouattia’s tweet in its story but have no other source.


And The Times is reporting that the youth vote is only 5% higher than the 2015 turnout, which was 43%.

The Times reporting 18-24 turnout up 5% compared with 2015 (so about 48%) - seems more realistic.

Sky Data posted this tweet at 10.39pm on Thursday following its own on-the-day poll. It also does not tally up with the 72% figure.

Vote by age group (Sky Data on the day poll) 18-34 Lab 63% Con 27% 35-54 Lab 43% Con 43% 55+ Lab 23% Con 59%

And pollster Ipsos Mori said the turnout figure takes about a week to establish.

@FactCheck @BoscoTann @jonlaurence @jonsnowC4 @IpsosMORI No - we produce it after each election later but it takes…

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