The National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK) undertook a member opinion survey to better understand and gauge voting intentions of the Hindu student community in the UK, in view of current elections. The aim was to understand the most important issues affecting students in who they vote for, and whether they choose to vote or not.
Results from the survey demonstrate that the majority of respondents are planning to vote Conservative, with 53.7% saying they will do so. 23.1% plan to vote Labour and 12.7% were undecided before Election Day. 6% are not planning to vote, with the remainder split between Green and Liberal Democrats. This shows a high expected turnout to vote this year (94%) especially when compared with national and student averages.
93.3% of respondents identified themselves as Hindu, with others identifying as Sikh, Jain, Jewish and of no religion. 20.2% of responses came from graduates, with 2.2% from Sixth Form students, meaning the survey provides an insight into the wider Hindu youth, as well as students.
23.6% of students who completed the survey stated their field of study as accountancy, finance, business and management studies, followed by 11.3% studying mathematics and statistics. 10.4% study medicine and 8.5% study economics. Of the graduates who took part, 39% work in financial services, followed by 14% in the public sector, and 11% in both IT and engineering.
The greatest number of responses came from Greater London (with many in Middlesex) followed by Leicestershire, Essex and Kent. There were responses from as far west as Exeter and Ceredigion in Wales, and as far north as West Yorkshire and Tyne & Wear.
Disclaimer: This Report, highlighting member opinion, is an impartial document based on survey data collected regarding the UK’s 2016 Local Elections from 20 April – 4 May 2016. The survey received 134 responses during this period. The National Hindu Students’ Forum (UK) are non-partisan and do not endorse any candidate or political party.