Survey casts light on young voter apathy

Young people think politicians should listen to what they have to
say and take more account of the issues that affect them, according
to a new survey.

The survey was commissioned by young people’s minister John Denham
after only 39 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in the last

More than three-quarters of the 14 to 20-year-olds questioned in
the survey said that young people should be taught more about
politics in school. More than half wanted media coverage of
politics to be more interesting and they called for a more
imaginative and impartial approach to providing them with
information, both on the part of the media and politicians.

“This is the first time the government has sought the views of
children and young people on what they feel about the democratic
process,” said minister for young people John Denham. “It is time
we actually listened to what young people feel and act on

The report, Young People and Politics, was produced by the
Yvote? Ynot? project.

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