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The policies you support, according to Vote for Policies

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

Last month, Redbrick was kindly given its own Vote for Policies link, allowing students to find out which party they support based on their policies.

The website aims to help advise people on how to vote based on a party’s policies rather than the charisma of the leader, or who can perform best in a debate, for example. With the General Election less than a week away, we’re now going to release the results from this survey.

Results of the Redbrick Vote for Policies survey

Results of the Redbrick Vote for Policies survey

At the time we went to print on Thursday, 183 people had taken part in our policy survey, with respondents for each policy area offered. The largest proportion of support was awarded to the Labour Party, with the Green Party coming in second. In third place, with 22.1%, came the Liberal Democrats, in contrast to national opinion polls. Perhaps one of the most surprising results, however, was that the Conservative Party placed 5th, after UKIP, albeit with just a 0.7% gap.

The most popular issue for students (as seen in our graph below) was health and the NHS, with over 75% of participants choosing to explore that issue’s policies. In second and third respectively, education and economy were the topics of concern. The least important topic for students was foreign policy/defence, with just 37% of participants choosing the issue.

The Labour Party, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats each took three policies, whilst the Conservative Party took just one. UKIP failed to be the most popular for any issue, although they did poll third for education, immigration and foreign policy/defence.

The General Election is just 5 days away now and, hopefully, for the people who took part in this survey, the results will help you choose how to vote. If you haven’t taken part yet, and want to know whose policies you support, you can still take the survey online at www.voteforpolicies. org.uk/survey/redbrick/

See the full results on Redbrick at the link below.

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