Young UK voters got the short end of the Brexit stick

LONDON, ENGLAND- JUNE 24: A young couple painted as EU flags protest on outside Downing Street against the United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU following the referendum on June 24, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has gone to the polls to decide whether or not the country wishes to remain within the European Union. After a hard fought campaign from both REMAIN and LEAVE the vote is too close to call. A result on the referendum is expected on Friday morning. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND- JUNE 24: A young couple painted as EU flags protest on outside Downing Street against the United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU following the referendum on June 24, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has gone to the polls to decide whether or not the country wishes to remain within the European Union. After a hard fought campaign from both REMAIN and LEAVE the vote is too close to call. A result on the referendum is expected on Friday morning. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)

Credit: Mary Turner

Credit: Mary Turner

The U.K. voted to leave the European Union by a pretty close margin — 52 percent to 48 percent. But the results were less even when split along demographic lines.

The referendum has left young voters with the biggest hangover: Around 73 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted to remain in the bloc. Older voters were more likely to favor a Brexit: 60 percent of voters over 65 years old wanted to leave the EU.

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The large age gap has led the country's youth to accuse the older generation of selling out their futures by cutting them off from the benefits of EU membership.

One person told The Guardian: "We are Europeans. We are citizens of the world. We didn't vote to leave Europe, but you're snatching it away from us."

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Voter turnout is partly responsible for the result. Areas with higher percentages of older voters saw more people voting. The Telegraph notes the three British regions that voted to stay in the EU had some of the lowest turnout.

And education and class also played a big factor in determining the vote. Middle- and upper-class voters, as well as voters with a college degree, wanted to stay in the EU, while people with secondary education or lower supported a Brexit.

This video includes images from Getty Images and clips from 10 Downing Street and Channel 4