UKIP and the Greens - two different sides of the same coin

The rise of the smaller parties is something that has been happening for some time now. UKIP and the Greens are leading the change.

The YouGov poll conducted between the 19th and 20th of January this year suggests that the Greens are continuing to surge with 10% of the vote. Additionally, the poll also puts UKIP on 15%.

Both parties are very different, but they could break British politics wide open.

Despite the fact that voters from both parties want a change from the status-quo, the two parties are coming at the issue from two very different angles.

The first major differences with the parties’ support bases is with age.

For UKIP, the party does well with older voters. The YouGov poll puts the party on 20% with those over 60, then 17% for those 40-59, 9% for those 25-39 and 13% for those 18-24. This shows a very clear age trend.

As for the Greens, the opposite is almost true. The party has energised the young. The Greens are a youthful party, with the poll suggesting that 22% of those 18-24 will vote Green, 13% for those aged 25-39, 7% for those aged 40-59, and 6% for those over 60.

Additionally, the parties diverge when it comes to social grade. 13% of those who are ABC1 would vote UKIP compared to the 18% of those who are C2DE.

For the Greens, the difference is smaller, but noticeable. 11% of ABC1 voters would vote for the party, whilst 8% of those C2DE would also do so.

Both parties want a change - there are different changes attracting different parts of the electorate. UKIP are clearly benefiting from the older generation, whilst the Greens are gaining from the youth. The changes each of the parties want are very different, but UKIP and the Greens have one main thing in common. Both are growing and both could could throw British politics wide open and break the system.

May 2015 could be remembered as the election that changed our poltitics forever.

The full results of the YouGov poll can be found here.


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