A new survey by Kantar has found that just 14% of young people aged 18 to 24 will 'definitely vote' in the upcoming UK General Election. 57% of this age group said they 'probably' or 'definitely' will not vote. This is compared to 79% of over 65s who said they will definitely vote, alongside 50% … Continue reading Only 14% of young people will ‘definitely vote’ in upcoming General Election
To the incoming Prime Minister, The UK has just finished taking part in its biggest democratic exercise for a generation. Overall voter turnout may have reached 72% but not amongst young people. According to polling data, only 36% of young people aged 18 to 24 voted - significantly lower than the proportion that turned out … Continue reading Open letter: Youth organisations unite behind call for online voting
By Joe Carton. The British political system is painfully neglecting the country’s youth. Choosing to pander to the baby boomer generation with generous offerings of a pension ‘triple lock’ and an array of retirement benefits, Britain’s main political parties are suppressing the aspiration of today’s youth by failing to address the growing disparity in wealth … Continue reading Intergenerational unfairness: online voting is key to strengthening the voice of Britain’s disillusioned youth
By Alex Campbell. It is a constantly repeated mantra that ‘young people today’ in the UK and Europe are uninterested in politics. Voter turnout is falling rapidly and the youth vote in particular is in freefall. This is backed up by statistical evidence. The British Election Study from 2013 notes that turnout is lower among young … Continue reading Youth apathy on a European scale?
By Chloe Smith MP. The majority of today’s 18-24 year olds are not voting. Only 44% turned out in 2010 and, since then, at worst, 88% expressed that they don’t plan to vote. There is evidence to suggest this situation is more extreme than it has been for previous generations of young citizens, and that Britain’s … Continue reading We need the final “one-click” to ensure young people can help run the country