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Greens ahead by 9%

The University of Birmingham from its West Gate entrance
The University of Birmingham from its West Gate entrance • Photograph: James Phillips

In the fourth week of our poll, the Greens have continued to retain their lead at a strong level of 9% ahead of the Conservative Party in second place. The increase in vote could show that Natalie Bennett’s “excruciating” interview this week did not put student voters off.

The Conservative Party also increased their vote and are now at 33% with an 8% increase of their share of the vote.

In contrast, the Labour Party have suffered yet another fall in their share of the vote. The party is down another 5% this week, leaving them with just 14% of the vote. Again, questions must be raised whether this is simply indicative of Labour students deciding not to vote in this poll. With their announcement to reduce tuition fees to £6000 yesterday, it will be interesting to see whether this bolsters their support next week.

The Liberal Democrats and UKIP are on the same level of support this week, with 5% of the vote each, whereas the Other vote is nil. Only 1 voter said they would not vote or didn’t know who they would vote for this. UKIP are currently holding their conference this week, where some major policy announcements are likely to be heard – whether this increases their share of the poll is yet to be seen.

There was a slightly lower turnout for the poll this week, with 64 votes placed. We’d really encourage you to take part in the poll when it opens on Monday, even if it is just a little bit of fun! If you’ve got an idea about who you plan on voting for, or even if you don’t, make sure you vote for that choice between 00:00 on Monday and 23:59 on Friday!

(Note: This poll is neither representative nor accurate. Rather, it is more of an initiative to get the general feeling of students on campus, and to try and engage more students in politics in the run-up to the General Election. Therefore, take the results with a pinch of salt).

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