Age

There is a link between age and voting behaviour. As people age they are more likely to be at the top of their earnings so they are more likely to favour traditional Conservative policies such as lower taxation on higher earners. In the 2017 general election 61% of voters nationally who were aged over 65-years old voted Conservative.

Younger voters may be more concerned with issues such as greater support for education or youth unemployment. These issues are traditionally seen as ones which Labour, and more recently the SNP, are particularly keen to tackle. Those under 35-years of age tend not to vote for the Conservatives.

Age and voter turnout

In the general election of 2017, only 54% of those aged between 18 and 24 years of age used their vote, the lowest of any age category. The highest turnout was among over 65-year olds with a 71% turnout. This means that older people had a much greater impact on the final result, a key factor in explaining the Conservative success in 2017.

Voter apathy remains a major obstacle for all political parties and politicians alike with only 68.7% of voters turning out to vote in the election, although this was the highest turnout since 1997.