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Greens retain 11% lead

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

After receiving 0 votes last week, the Liberal Democrats have bounced back and received 10% of the votes in this week’s poll.

This is higher than national opinion polls, suggesting that there is potential that not all students have deserted the Liberal Democrats after the raise in tuition fees. Similarly, UKIP received a moderate increase of 4%, raising their share of the vote to 5%. However, at this low level, it appears that the positive sentiment towards the party by the wider population is not shared by students. The increase of the vote share between these two parties has caused a small decline in the proportion of the vote awarded to the Greens and the Conservatives.

Despite this, the Greens stay ahead at 36%, and 11% ahead of second-place Conservatives on 25%. Labour suffered further losses and are now at 19%, after their 30% in the first week. The question is whether this is representative of Labour voters switching their choice of party, or whether they just aren’t voting in this poll.

Other parties and Don’t Know/Won’t Vote once again shared the same number of votes, with a total of 6% between them, at the same level as last week.

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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