Teenagers least likely to vote Yes in referendum

Under-17s are least likely to vote yes in the upcoming Independence Referendum, according to researchers. Pic: Jane Barlow
Under-17s are least likely to vote yes in the upcoming Independence Referendum, according to researchers. Pic: Jane Barlow
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YOUNG Scots are less likely than any other age group to support Scottish independence, according to researchers in the Capital.

A new briefing by researchers at Edinburgh University reports that just over one in five under-17s eligible to take part will vote “Yes” in next year’s referendum.

This compares with previous studies showing that Scottish 18 to 24-year-olds are the age group most supportive of independence, with nearly a third backing it.

The briefing is based on the first ever large-scale survey of the younger age group and their attitudes towards the referendum.

The referendum will be the first time that 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to take part in a national vote.

Author Jan Eichhorn, of the school of social and political science, said: “Young people are more likely to have a reasonably strong sense of British identity and more likely to be worried about the practical consequences of independence.

“It is interesting to see that the proportion identifying as solely Scottish and not British is much smaller among the 14 to 17-year-olds compared to the 18 to 24-year-olds.”