Aug 8, 2013

Why young people just, like, don’t care about politics

New data reveals widespread disengagement on politics among young Australians -- but elsewhere as well.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor


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8 thoughts on “Why young people just, like, don’t care about politics

  1. Graham Leslie

    Parties develop policy to get voted in by the electorate. Young people just need to enrol to vote, (maintain their distain) and yet get policy developed to look after them. They might actually be interested when they get a mention!

  2. David Gibson

    Without policies directly engaging the youngest voters what is their incentive to enrol? How is that distinguishable from simply being co-opted in to a system for someone else’s needs and goals?

    The major parties don’t really want the youth to engage and enrol, it’s not in their interest to have to address that demographic with their policies while also trying to engage with baby boomers and penioners. Not always, but sometimes those two groups have competing interests. The call for young people to engage and enrol is really quite superficial from the major parties and for the life of me I cannot see any evidence they’re actually interested in what this demographic wants from the parties. The parties will take their vote of course, but if they’re not enrolled then it’s hard to lose it too.

  3. Steve

    One of the reasons may be that for young voters the political campaigning has become totally about who gets what part of the pie rather than focus on competing overall political philosophies of a moving towards a more equal society verses individual wealth generation and accumulation.

  4. Pointy Hatted Party Monster

    Could it be that political engagement tracks with the likelihood of home ownership?

  5. Bob the builder

    This could have been a headline for the last thirty years.
    This is just filler I’d prefer to do without, Crikey.

  6. zut alors

    The ALP have a lure which should engage young people. it’s inexplicable why they don’t push this more. Many in the younger demographic enjoy gaming (not the gambling variety) so one would assume gamers are keen for optimum internet speeds via the NBN so they can be more competitive.

    It may sound base and simplistic but if young people are wondering ‘what’s in it for me?’, the answer is faster internet speeds for your games. One major party is offering it, the other isn’t. A point of difference.

  7. trollzilla

    I’m not convinced that the statistics shown here warrant either the headline or the conclusion.
    Perhaps younger people tend not to be quite so openly enthusiastic in their endorsement of anything, so that a ‘somewhat interested’ from an 18 year old, is equal to a ‘quite interested’ from a 60 year old.
    Perhaps also, younger people don’t identify the things they care about as being related to ‘Australian politics and political issues’. That was definitely true of younger me. I was (and am) passionate about environmental issues, but wouldn’t necessarily have identified that as a political issue, just something I cared about. Same sex marriage made sense to me, I didn’t think it was a question of politics. Stuff I cared about was just ‘stuff I cared about’ not necessarily ‘Australian politics and political issues’.

  8. Malcolm Street

    Steve – dead right, the days of grand visions that can inspire have died. Both parties singing from different parts of the same market-oriented song-sheet. Nothing to engage youthful idealism.

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