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Sinn Fein tops the poll with Queen's students

By Alison Kershaw

Published 20/04/2015

Final-year students at Queen's University are more likely to vote for Sinn Fein than any other political party, according to a new poll.

The survey also found that across the UK, university students are around five times more likely to vote Labour or Tory at the general election than they are Liberal Democrat.

It reveals that the two major Westminster parties are tied for support on the UK's leading university campuses at 31%.

Only 6% of the over 13,000 final-year undergraduates questioned said they plan to back the Lib Dems on May 7 - a figure the authors of the survey, High Fliers Research, suggested is linked to the party's U-turn on tuition fees.

Students in the final year of a degree were the first to pay the higher, £9,000 maximum tuition fee introduced under the coalition Government in 2010 - months after the Lib Dems campaigned on a pledge to oppose any hike.

More than half (53%) of those polled said they would not vote for the Lib Dems because of the tuition fee increase.

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