Young people hazy about EU elections

According to an opinion survey conducted by Novus Opinion, almost half (44 percent) of Sweden’s young people aged between 18 and 28 are not aware that elections to the European Parliament will be held this year. However, seven out of ten think voting is a good idea.

Campaign leader Emma Stark believes this is a positive trend despite the figures. Speaking to TT, she pointed out that the results were better than in previous polls, where only one in three respondents knew there was an election on the way.

According to the survey, almost seven in ten young people think voting is a good thing. Some 37 percent said they would definitely be voting while 32 percent thought they probably would. Nearly as many considered the election to be very or fairly important.

Jobs were cited as the most important issue by 63 percent of the survey respondents. The economy and the financial crisis came second, followed by environmental and climate change issues. File-sharing and the internet were ranked tenth out of 16 options.

“The survey suggests that there are no special ‘youth issues’; young people seem concerned about the same problems as everyone else,” says Emma Stark. “What we need to do is highlight the issues and make them concrete and understandable to young people. Otherwise we could have yet another poor turnout.”

The survey polled 1,000 people aged between 18 and 28.

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