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Election survey: Law students overwhelmingly back Labour

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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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56 Comments

Anonymous

At least the Corbonuts won’t be able to say that the Labour Party didn’t represent their views. They will lose on their own terms.

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Anonymous

The schadenfreude over the next few days when Labour get stuffed is going to be *so* delicious! Butthurt liberals are the best entertainment.

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Anonymous

Democracy is the gift that keeps on giving at the moment! 2015 GE, Brexit, Trump and now the rout of Labour.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

hahahaha get rekt

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Anonymous

The thing as well is there will be a lot of soul-searching, and the defeat will still be blamed on aggressive media not supporting Corbyn. That could be the only possible reason for his loss in their eyes. Ironically this will only increase the Tories’ prospects in the 2022 election.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Sure Tory prospects look pretty good now, eh?

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Anonymous

Sorry, I know Corbyn thinks he won but he did not. Tories will still be in government. They will get their act together. This is the high water mark for Labour under Corbyn. The Tories lost this for themselves with an appalling campaign and a terrible manifesto. Had they got their act together they would have increased their majority.

Corbyn. Sympathiser

“If only the Tories were good, they’d have been good!”

Strong argument there.

Anonymous

Labour is in no position to lead a government. Only Labour could look at those results and think they had won. It’s that attitude that has kept them out of power since 2010 and will do until 2022 at least.

12 years in power for the Tories. Not bad for a party that isn’t good!

Corbyn. Sympathiser

Actual LMAO if you think this government will go five years. Lucky old Pyrrhus is cheering since it’ll now be called a ‘Mayic victory’.

Anonymous

Deluded

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Anon

You were saying … ?

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Rupert; a US firm trainee.

Wonder if they’ll be backing labour so readily once they become higher rate (during their TCs) and additional Rate (on or shortly after they qualify) tax payers.

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Fidel; a US firm trainee.

Heh, not everyone is a greedy turbokhunt mate. Go blow one.

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Anonymous

Not everybody is greedy but a lot of people are hypocrites. If you want to make less and give back more of your income then donate to charities of your choice or the NHS but count me out, you utter twat.

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Erect and Stable

Chippy Tory spotted.

C Proudpersob

I weed myself with excitement when I read this.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Cracking stuff! Now, students and lawyers alike, make sure to go out and vote!

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

Good work, all students and lawyers!!

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Logic

Good to see that lawyers are voting sensibly. Although over a quarter still voting Tory is a little bit of a shame – I imagine most of those will be the older, backward-thinking lawyers.

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Anonymous

I’m not an “older backward-thinking” lawyer, so maybe you should realise everyone is entitled to an opinion and not to just assume every voter of a certain party is the same.

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Logic

“backward-thinking”*

Sorry.

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Air Hair Lair

Did you vote against the NHS today? Your opinion is of course valid, but actual deaths caused by police cuts and disability cuts, those would be policies of bad government.

The reason we refer to Tory voters as ‘backward thinking’ is that in a forward thinking or Progressive society we would hope to improve people’s futures, ie an end to child poverty, homelessness and no pensioner having to choose between food ar heat.

We regard the Tory who says “why should I pay, out of my substantial income, just so children may eat a hot midday meal at school”, as backward thinking.

Hope that provides clarity, and maybe gives some selfish people some discomfort.

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City Trainee

Actually being an immigrant see no choice but vote tory. Would never vote communists coming from ex-USSR.

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Logic

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

I wouldn’t vote for the Communist Party of Britain, either. Not when I could vote for the Labour Party.

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Do think

I know some trainees who are concerned about losing their right to remain in the UK on completion of their TC in the event they are not retained should the Tories get a majority. People need to be very careful what they vote for in the new Brexit world.

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City trainee

Doubt much will change for people with 36k+ paygrade. Rather unsound fears, people should read immigration rules a bit more.

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Consider

36k+ paygrade… until you find yourself unemployed. Then you are 0 paygrade.

Anonymous

Far more likely to lose your £36k job in the private sector under a Corbyn government than a Tory government…

City trainee

Than why should foreign country saccept you if you do not have work and do not benefit it? Again, I am immigrant and do not like many tory plans (unrealistic cap, desire to cut students), but do not immigrants come here to work (I thought I did)? And you can always find another work and get another visa.

Jan

You came here to work, and you are, which is great. To say you “can always find another work” is all good in theory, and in the circumstances you are quite likely to, but that is not certain. You may not be able to find more work, and the rules could always change for the further worse.

Snowflake

Really doubt you are a city trainee with that level of written communication.

Not Amused

Nonsense. The British government clear intends to protect all EU nationals who are currently resident. We are just waiting for that level of basic decency to be reciprocated by an intransigent and childish EU.

Anyone who peddles false fears to young people in order to win elections is pretty low in my eyes – do think.

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Logic

It isn’t that simple. The negotiations all tie in together. The Tories think they can act like a bully and insist on demanding that we should be entitled to free trade whilst severely limiting free movement of people (“gates are now shut”). Unfortunately the UK does not hold enough chips to make that stance feasible, and it is fact the Tories who are being childish by sticking to that failed plan and threatening to throw their toys out of the pram and achieve no deal if they don’t get their way.

The fact that the gates are being shut is a bigger issue than whether or not the sheep in each pen shall be thrown out. The Tories try to take the high ground on the secondary point when in fact that is a side issue caused by their own inability to see that you can’t negotiate by demanding what you want (free trade) without getting the rest of the package (free movement of people). That is part of the premise of being in the EU, and the government is pushing an impossible Brexit deal that will result in what I call a “crash Brexit”, no deal. Tories need to swallow some pride and concede on some terms, even if it means that in reality we end up with faux-EU membership on worse terms than we had pre-Brexit decision. That outcome would be more preferable than a crash Brexit.

Cyril

In Soviet Russia, box ticks you!

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Anonymous

“In LA, you can always find a party. In Soviet Russia, the Party can always find you!”

Still unbeatable

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Anonymous

Good. I hope the rest of the electorate follow suit.

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Anonymous

It’s illegal to publish poll results on election day mate.

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Anonymous

Pretty sure that’s just exit polls…

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Anonymous

The legal issues are to do with *exit* polls only.

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Jh

Correct. Post is a pretty clear break of a pretty well known rule.

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Anonymous

Wrong. Ipsos MORI (research specialists) just released their poll results. Published on the Evening Standard a few minutes ago.

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Not Amused

This is a legal site and I really do expect more from the people who comment upon it. The prohibition is on exit polls, not on opinion polls, and is found in section 66A of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

There will be a general media prohibition on reporting from 12:30 pm today. I expect LC will honour that.

I am surprised LC found so many people willing to say they would vote for Labour this time. I wonder where they looked and suspect an echo chamber of ‘filter bubble’ is at work. Otherwise I echo Gladiatrix and the use of the phrase ‘even’ in the strapline is entirely unjustified.

I would like LC to go back to being a legal gossip site. I do not believe the lurch to the hard left is prudent or pleasant. I was an undergraduate. I had enough sense to not be a young Tory – because I saw the abuse. But I know the vast majority of young people are not abuse spewing hard left loons. A period of post election de-politicisation will do us the world of good.

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Corbyn. Sympathiser

As I said yesterday, this time last year, when the upcoming Brexit referendum was the political hot topic, you didn’t seem to mind stories on it as you got your chance to cheer lead Brexit and attack the EU. You were terribly, terribly quiet when it came to things being ‘too political’ then.

I further note that I’ve not seen much in the way of “left wing abuse” on this website: I have been civil to all posters, and have merely said that I intend to vote for the Labour Party, and that I would appreciate it if others do the same. I note that poster ‘Logic’ above had a comment removed for violating LC’s policy, and I approve of the removal of the comment, whatever it was.

Meanwhile, gimmick poster ‘Trumpenkrieg’ has frequently had comments deleted for their, shall we say, unsavoury nature, yet you seem to have remained silent in the face of this ‘ironic’ far right blather. Yesterday, another poster compared a Green Party candidate to a rodent and said she had no right to speak – but this, too, wasn’t enough to rankle you into reprimanding them (I myself noted how the right wing are more and more abandoning their previously long and justly held beliefs in freedom of speech in order to silence online dissent).

So I hope you will forgive me if I say that I find your complaints disingenuous.

As I said in the Morning Round-Up comments, I hope you have a good day. I also hope you will consider voting Labour, but if not, I will be satisfied just to know that you have gone out to vote and participated in our democratic process.

Anonymous

Yep the Corbyn Sympathiser nails it. When NA says that he wishes people were less political, he means he wishes they wouldn’t say things he doesn’t agree with.

Air Hair Lair

Don’t know what’s so unpleasant or abusive about opposing the liars and fraudsters that populate the right wing parties.

I delivered many leaflets revealing our MP’s voting record. Facts only.
I did this after Amber Rudd delivered her comedy line “judge us on our record”

Some Tories didn’t like it, the revellation of these truths.

Gladiatrix

‘overwhelming’ should be ‘overwhelmingly’. Also, law students are not lawyers in any sense of the word.
I would have thought that Legal Cheek would be intelligent enough to realise that a poll of 700 people in a profession that numbers in the 10s of 1000s is meaningless. I am starting to wonder why I persist with Legal Cheek as its reporting seems to consist of one unforced error after another.

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Statistician

700 isn’t too bad of a sample size to be fair

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Anonymous

Just shows how out of touch law students are with the actual population…

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Anonymous

Under the 1983 Representation of the People Act it is a criminal offence to publish an opinion or exit poll before the polls close at 10pm, or even to publicly broadcast a prediction of the results based on an exit poll.

Is Legal Cheek exempt?

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Not Amused

You are quoting from an article published today in the Radio Times. Unfortunately that journalist, like many journalists, is legally illiterate.

The prohibition is in section 66A. I would have some sympathy with you being too lazy to read it had I not posted this before you decided to comment. Opinion polls like those in this article are not captured. LC does not need to be “exempt” when it isn’t in breach.

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Anonymous

sadly you are as incorrect in your interpretation as you are amused

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Tim NicebutDim

Going to be a great shame if the rout does happen as many predict and Corbyn then steps down as party leader. He is cast in a demonic light by the media, even though he is one of the rare politicians who is willing to stand up for people and against the absurd level of inequality that pervades our society.

Actually listen to his message, listen to his speeches not filtered through x y and z media channels and it is plain to see he is a bloody good bloke to his core. Incredibly principled and ahead of his time.

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Anonymous

“Law students vote labour; Lawyer’s vote conservative”… it’s longstanding.

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Air Hair Lair

Have we got the score for Kensington and Battersea yet?

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