11 December 2014
* YouGov: Support for Greens amongst 18-24 year olds has risen from 7% to 19% this year
* Combined membership of the GPEW and the Scottish Greens now stands at almost 37,000.
The Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) have polled in fourth again in the latest YouGov polling for the Sun (1). The poll puts the Greens on 7% and one point ahead of the Liberal Democrats.
The Green Party, who are polling at their highest numbers ahead of a General Election since 1989, have polled ahead of the junior Coalition partners repeatedly in recent months.
Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, said:
“A grassroots green revolution is under way. We are finding that the more people get the opportunity to learn about Green values and policies the more popular we become.
“This polling demonstrates just how disillusioned voters are with the business-as-usual policies and politics presented by the so-called main parties. The politics of the future does not have to be like the politics of the past and I am excited that more people than ever before will have the opportunity to vote for a positive Green alternative in May.”
The public’s increasing appetite for Green values and policies (2) will be met at the ballot box on May 7 2015. The Party is committed to standing in at least 75% of constituencies in the 2015 General Election – that means 50% more will have the opportunity to vote Green in 2015 than did in 2010.
Recent YouGov polling (3) revealed support for the Greens amongst 18 to 24 year olds is sky-rocketing. According to YouGov, Green support in that age bracket has almost trebled from from 7% at the start of the year to 19% now. The Green party are now running in a solid third place amongst under 25s, just five points behind the Conservative Party in second place.
Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party and a member of the Young Greens, said:
“Young people understand that we need real change for the common good if we are to fix our broken political and economic system. Young people are driving the Green surge and I am proud to say that over 50 Young Greens will be standing as MP candidates in the 2015 General Election.”
Membership of the GPEW has risen by 112.4% to 29,330 since January 1 2014. The ‘Green surge’ has seen the Party, which was founded in 1973, double its membership in a mere 11 months (4). Combined membership of the GPEW and the Scottish Greens – a sister party - now stands at almost 37,000. Membership of the Scottish Greens has risen by a staggering 625% from 1,200 on January 1st 2014 to 7,500 today and there are now twice as many Scottish Young Greens as there were Scottish Green party members at the start of the year.