• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Poll reveals youth apathy to politics

Almost half of young people in Britain are not engaged in politics, feel their voices are not being heard and do not believe politicians are addressing their needs, a new poll has found.

Forty-nine per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds interviewed in the Sky News survey did not know the name or party of their local MP, and 47 per cent said neither David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband nor Nigel Farage exemplified the qualities they wanted in a political leader.

Of those questioned, more than a quarter - 26 per cent - said they were not engaged with politics and had no interest in becoming more involved.

Just 8 per cent said they were fully engaged with the political process.

Asked if they felt their voices were heard in society, 44 per cent said they were not listened to.

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.