Students at St Andrews ‘most likely to vote Tory’

Students at St Andrews are most likely to vote Tory, while support for the Lib Dems has almost disappeared among undergraduates. Picture: TSPL
Students at St Andrews are most likely to vote Tory, while support for the Lib Dems has almost disappeared among undergraduates. Picture: TSPL
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STUDENTS at Scotland’s oldest university are those most likely to vote Tory, according to new figures showing support for the Lib Dems has almost disappeared among undergraduates.

A survey of more than 13,000 students across the UK found those at St Andrews are most likely to vote Conservative in Scotland, while the SNP is most popular among students at Glasgow and Strathclyde.

Support for the Green party is strong at Edinburgh University, but the Lib Dems – once popular with students – have fallen from favour after reneging on tuition fee promises.

The study by High Fliers Research, an independent market research company, questioned final-year students about their voting intentions.

While 30 per cent and 43 per cent of students at Glasgow and Strathclyde respectively said they planned to vote SNP, that figure fell to as low as 12 per cent at St Andrews. Students at the Fife institution are most likely to vote Tory (29 per cent), followed by Labour (24 per cent) and then Green (22 per cent).

At Edinburgh, the Greens and Labour are most popular, with 54 per cent of students planning to vote for one of the two parties.

Across the UK as a whole, Labour and the Tories were the most popular parties, with 31 per cent of the vote each.