A Newbury College student opinion poll in the run up to the General Election 2017 has correctly predicted the Conservative win for the Newbury constituency (covering West Berkshire), although student views had a much greater spread than the voting public.
Students gave Conservative candidate, Richard Benyon, a small lead with a 35% share of the vote on the Moodle opinion poll versus the 61.5% he received in the final election result.
Liberal Democrat candidate, Judith Bunting, also fared better in the election than students predicted, taking second place with a 21.4% share of the West Berkshire vote, compared to just 14% in the opinion poll.
Labour candidate, Alex Skirvin, who placed a close second in the students' opinion poll with a share of 30%, only managed third place in the final election result with a 14.1% share.
Green Party and Apolitical Democrat candidates also appeared to be more popular amongst students than the voting public with Green Party candidate, Paul Field, coming in joint third in the opinion poll.
The opinion poll was launched in May and ran for the duration of the election period as part of tutorial programme's General Election coverage which included the promotion of local candidates, links to national manifestos and interactive resources to help students make an informed choice.