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Apathy and Disillusionment Threaten Record Low Turnout in UK Election

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Britain is facing a potential record low voter turnout in the upcoming general election, with pollsters warning of widespread apathy. Many voters feel "politically homeless," disillusioned by the main parties and their leaders.

Techne UK polling reveals that 20% of people have already decided not to vote, a figure significantly higher than usual. This apathy is particularly pronounced among young voters, who feel their concerns, especially regarding housing, have been ignored.

Leading pollster Robert Hayward believes that many Conservative voters are dissatisfied with their party, while Labour leader Keir Starmer has failed to inspire confidence. He predicts that the actual turnout will be even lower than current polls suggest.

The poll also highlights that university-educated individuals are most likely to abstain, with 60% planning to stay away from the polling stations. However, among younger voters who have decided to vote, Labour leads the Conservatives by a significant margin.

The key factor driving voter apathy is a lack of trust in political parties and politicians, according to Techne UK chief executive Michela Morizzo. She warns that this election could witness the lowest turnout in history, with only those truly convinced of a party's worthiness going to vote.

Luke Tryl from More in Common highlights the pervasive sense of cynicism and apathy among voters, stemming from a lack of belief that political parties can effectively address the challenges facing Britain.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09