Young 'bored and angry with politics'

St Helens Star: Research by ICM for the Guardian found the overwhelming feelings about politics among 18-24 year olds were boredom and anger - with 34% saying the former and the same proportion the latter. Research by ICM for the Guardian found the overwhelming feelings about politics among 18-24 year olds were boredom and anger - with 34% saying the former and the same proportion the latter.

The depth of the electorate's frustration with the political class has been laid bare in a poll.

Research by ICM for the Guardian found the overwhelming feelings about politics among 18-24 year olds were boredom and anger - with 34% saying the former and the same proportion the latter.

Among those who rate their chance of voting as four or lower on a 10-point scale, 41% said anger was their main reason, compared to 40% who said they were bored.

After ex-Labour minister Denis MacShane was jailed for expenses fraud, 46% said they were discouraged from voting because "MPs are just on the take".

But only 2% of the electorate regard the inconvenience of registering and actually casting a vote as a reason not to do so - suggesting ideas such as weekend elections or electronic voting are unlikely to improve the situation.

The public also still appears to believe that politics matters. Some 86% said the "decisions politicians make" were either "very important" or "fairly important" to their own lives.

Some 62% claimed to discuss "politics or the sort of issues affected by politics" with friends and f amily at least once every fortnight, and 29% said they did so at least "every few days".

ICM Research interviewed an online sample of 2023 adults between December 20 and 22.

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1:47pm Fri 27 Dec 13

jumperr says...

Let it be explained that the less that vote means that you don't get anywhere near what you want.
Let it be explained that the less that vote means that you don't get anywhere near what you want. jumperr

2:43pm Fri 27 Dec 13

MrBenggo says...

I can never understand people who do not vote,when things don't go the way they like,they are the first to moan about it.
My thoughts are that we have a lot of MPs who have no affiliation with the area,who have been parachuted into a safe seat,a lot of politicians are career politicians who have never done any other work except politics.
This goes for all parties,politicians are making decisions which blight the life of less fortunate in this country and don't seem to care,the present Tory party is a classic example of this.
I can never understand people who do not vote,when things don't go the way they like,they are the first to moan about it. My thoughts are that we have a lot of MPs who have no affiliation with the area,who have been parachuted into a safe seat,a lot of politicians are career politicians who have never done any other work except politics. This goes for all parties,politicians are making decisions which blight the life of less fortunate in this country and don't seem to care,the present Tory party is a classic example of this. MrBenggo

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