Politics - Not in the main

21st August 2009 at 01:00

If young people could vote in an election, only half would opt for a mainstream political party, according to a survey by the UK Youth Parliament. It found that 27 per cent of respondents were undecided and 20 per cent would vote for another party or an independent candidate.

Further findings from the survey of 1,000 young people aged 11-25, show that:

- of those who wouldn't vote, almost half say it is because they don't know enough to do so; a quarter say it is because they don't like anyone they can vote for; and a further quarter say they don't feel that voting makes a difference;

- a third (33 per cent) of those who aren't interested in politics say it is because they don't understand it;

- three-quarters (76 per cent) say politics does make a difference to young people's lives and 80 per cent say more can be done to get young people interested in politics;

- nine out of 10 (87 per cent) young people say that political education in schools needs to be improved in order to get young people interested in politics.

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