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Young people in Britain are more right-wing and authoritarian in their political views than previous generations, a new study of political attitudes has revealed.
The paper, published in the British Journal of Political Sciences, analyses data from the British Social Attitudes Survey taken between 1985 and 2012. It found that those who grew up under the Margaret Thatcher’s governments in the 1980s were exceptionally conservative compared to previous cohorts.
This move towards a more conservative attitude then strengthened in the following generations of ‘Blair’s babies’, who grew up under the New Labour governments of the late nineties and early naughties.
The study, co-authored by Prof Stephen Farrall, Prof Colin Hay and Dr Maria Teresa Grasso in the Faculty and colleagues at the University of Southampton, found a preference among young people for right-wing policies …