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Survey reveals youth voter apathy

The latest research has found that young people don’t trust politicians to solve socio-economic issues.

FILE: Recent research shows young people are more concerned with protesting for quality education and job creation than participating in elections.Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A survey by the Human Sciences Research Council shows that young people are more concerned with protesting for quality education and job creation than participating in elections.

The council says the latest research has also found that young people don't trust politicians to solve socio-economic issues.

According to the pre-election survey, only a quarter of those who participated are willing to vote in the upcoming municipal elections.

Spokesperson Dr Tyanai Mesiya says, "We also noted that, in general, the youth do not vote. About half the youths that were interviewed had actually not voted in the last elections, and that trend is likely to continue."