Election survey: Law students overwhelmingly back Labour

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By Thomas Connelly on

Latest Legal Cheek poll reveals even lawyers will give Conservatives the cold shoulder

A new Legal Cheek snap election survey has suggested law students are backing Jeremy Corbyn to become our next Prime Minister.

The poll, which closed yesterday evening, asked almost 700 law students and lawyers where they’d be placing their ballot paper cross in today’s general election. According to our fresh stats, 59.3% of wannabe lawyers — that’s law undergraduates (LLB), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students, Legal Practice Course (LPC) students, Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students and law masters (LLM) students — will vote for Corbyn and co today.

How law student respondents said they will vote

Interestingly, the Conservatives — led by Theresa May and still the favourites to retain control of 10 Downing Street come tomorrow morning — finished in second place with 25.3% of the law student vote. Further down the political pecking order, the Lib Dems scooped up 10.1%, Greens 1.9%, UKIP 0.5% and ‘Other’ 2.3%. Some of our law school readers (0.5%) opted for ‘Spoilt ballot’, while 0.2% said they wouldn’t be voting

And it was the Labour Party that came out on top among practising lawyers too. Fifty-three percent of legal professionals — paralegals, trainees, solicitors, pupils and barristers — said Labour would be receiving their vote today.

How lawyer respondents said they will vote

Echoing our student-focused findings, the Tories finished in second with 28.9% of the vote, the Lib Dems scored 9.3%, and the Greens 3.1%. A number of respondents (2.6%) said they were planning on spoiling their ballot, while 1.6% said they wouldn’t be voting at all. None of our lawyers said they would be voting for Paul Nuttall’s UKIP.

Today’s eye-opening results appear to indicate a shift in political allegiances among the legally minded.

In a similar Legal Cheek survey conducted earlier this year, it was the Lib Dems that came out on top among law students and lawyers. Racking up 30.8% of the vote, Tim Farron narrowly saw off competition from May (29.82%) and Corbyn (24.37%).

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