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Young still cold on politics.

Postal voting for this year's local and European elections was unlikely to halt the continuing decline in voter turnout because young people found politics 'uninviting, irrelevant and alienating'.

Researchers at The Nottingham Trent University found that young potential voters were highly distrustful and critical of the mainstream political parties. Almost two-thirds of first-time voters were deeply sceptical of political parties and believed politicians were only interested in people's votes and not their opinions.

At the last European Parliament elections, the UK came bottom of the EU league table of voting, with only 23 per cent of the electorate turning up at the polling stations.

Researchers said continued experimentation with methods to make voting easier signalled a growing concern from officials, but a failure to tackle the real problem of political 'disconnection'.

A study undertaken by Dr Matt Henn and Mark Weinstein found that 87 per cent of first-time voters felt there was often a big difference between what a party promised it would do and what it actually did when it won an election.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 9, 2004
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