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Two polls in less than a year have ex­posed deep divi­sions be­tween the youngest and old­est vot­ers in the UK.

Ac­cord­ing to Lord Ashcroft’s post­gen­eral elec­tion age-break­down poll, the Con­ser­va­tive vote skewed vi­o­lently up the age scale, with 38% of its en­tire vote com­ing from the over-65s and just 2% from the 18-24 group.

Labour at­tracted far more younger vot­ers but its sup­port was not con­fined to them: its vote was much more evenly dis­trib­uted, with 20% com­ing from the 35-44 group ver­sus 11% for the Con­ser­va­tives.

Ac­cord­ing to Yougov, in the Euro­pean Union ref­er­en­dum, 71% of 18-24s voted to re­main com­pared with 36% of over-65s.

In a Guardian piece about peo­ple too young to vote in the ref­er­en­dum, a 17-year-old com­mented: “I feel I’ve been let down by an older gen­er­a­tion who won’t be af­fected by the volatil­ity of these de­ci­sions.”

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