New research published today shows that 1-in-4 young Remainers would see pensions cut to stop Brexit, while 1-in-4 older Brexit voters would see reduced wages for the next generation in order to secure Brexit.
The YouGov polling, commissioned by The Challenge on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration, exposes a significant gap in opinion between generations. Further highlights include:
- 62% of the over 65s think we were right to vote Brexit (compared to just 19% of 18-24 year olds).
- Almost three-quarters of young people who voted remain believe that older people are prejudiced, and a similar percentage of older Leave voters believe young people are entitled and unwilling to work hard.
The poll comes out on the same day as the APPG on Social Integration, chaired by Chuka Umunna MP, launches its inquiry into intergenerational connection. The cross-party group will examine how different generations relate to one another in modern Britain, and how society is affected when people of different age groups don’t meet and mix. The inquiry will seek solutions to the growing divides between generations.
The launch is accompanied by a new collection of expert essays written by leaders in this field. Despite our differences, the collection Ages Apart? Ties and Divides Across the Generations shows that the young and old do share similar views on many political and economic issues. New analysis of the British Social Attitudes survey carried out for the APPG reveals that, regardless of age, people believed that health, education and housing should be the biggest priorities for Government spending. Commenting on the publication of the polling and essay collection, Chuka Umunna MP said: “We are more divided by age today than at any other time in modern history, with Brexit a defining issue of the gap between generations, and must urgently find a way of healing the divisions. Studies show that connecting with people of different age groups makes us more trusting and bridges the generational divide. When we come into contact with one another, we see we’re on the same side.”