Where will the youth vote go at the next GE?

Breanainn

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With FG having taken credit for belated interventions in both the same-sex marriage and Repeal the Eighth campaigns, will the youth vote opt for the party in recognition of same, along with economic growth and the Brexit talks? Mary Lou has no Provo baggage, so will left-leaning 18-34s build SF into a nationwide electoral juggernaut? Or, as 2016 appeared to demonstrate, is the youth vote solely motivated by perceived social causes, and likely to sit a GE out?
 


meriwether

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I don't think this will translate in significant party support for anyone.

Referendums never have.
 

Lord F.G

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The vote is going to FG if we continue to rise I just don't see any point to in other parties. Leo is our leader.
 

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The youth vote will be forced into emigration again, as per the Fine Gael policy of greed.
 

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The young follow the herd as directed and dictated by the masters of social media. Just give them shiny badges and tell them its their right. Hey, then you have them and they'll jump and emote at feelgood parties for you.
 

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The young follow the herd as directed and dictated by the masters of social media. Just give them shiny badges and tell them its their right. Hey, then you have them and they'll jump and emote at feelgood parties for you.
Sure the world was much better off when they threw them into mother and baby homes, down the septic tank, or on the boat t'Ingland.
 

Buchaill Dana

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Labour got destroyed after marriage equality, there is no reason to believe party voting patterns change with referenda
 

Buchaill Dana

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The young follow the herd as directed and dictated by the masters of social media. Just give them shiny badges and tell them its their right. Hey, then you have them and they'll jump and emote at feelgood parties for you.
Whereas older conservative voters never vote like sheep?
 

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One peculiarity of the referendum is that females turned out in much increased numbers to vote. But a significant cohort of males stayed away from the polling booths.

That pattern is unlikely to hold in the next GE.
 

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Whereas older conservative voters never vote like sheep?
Even you can be convinced to vote in a particular manner. The mistake a lot of people make is in thinking that they are voting rationally when in reality they are voting emotionally.
 

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Even you can be convinced to vote in a particular manner. The mistake a lot of people make is in thinking that they are voting rationally when in reality they are voting emotionally.
And where oh genius, is this rational polity? Right in Ireland, actually.

People, adults, not girleens and lads made their minds up quite some time ago about the 8th. They werent charmed by shiny badges or Facebook.
 

flavirostris

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it won't turn up. Friday was a once-off for the youth vote. They won't turn up to vote for political parties.
 

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Just thinking about perception....With half of the FF TDs openly opposing repeal of the 8th , and the demographic breakdown of the vote in the referendum, I wonder if the perception of the new voting generation is that FG is a progressive party whereas FF is an outdated conservative party.

FG may then be the 1st party whose policies they will look at in the next GE, with the hope (and with some confirmation bias) that FG will be the party with whose policies they want to agree.

Unfortunately for FG, young urban voters are the ones facing the most difficulty in finding rentable accommodation within a reasonable price range. So this may prove to be a drag on their allegiance and they may look instead to SF or Solidarity.
 

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I saw this twat at the airport last week. Early '20s with a black repeal jumper and a satchel covered in 'free, safe, legal' and 'repeal 8th' badges and a couple of 'go vegan' ones.

Seriously low T levels there.
 


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