Why are the majority of people under thirty not voting?
Being 19 years of age, I always get excited to vote, it is like having a say. But this is where the problem comes in, people under thirty I believe don’t think that their vote matters and will either not vote or cast donkey votes.
In America, with it being optional to vote doesn’t really force the issue. A lot of my friends hate voting because they say their vote doesn’t count or it isn’t going to impact the result. I am interested in politics when it comes to voting time because I am interested in what they have to offer and what they will take away from me.
A lot of people I know aren’t interested because they think it will not impact them, they neither own their own home or feel that they are affected by the decisions the ‘Big Man’, or in our case Woman, makes in regard to our way of life.
I would not trust twitter or facebook for any form of politic related information. I think the marketing strategy of advertising on social media sites would be a good one if it actually succeeded, but I, like many other people don’t want to see the face of the PM or President popping up on my screen when I am commenting on someone’s status.
When I do see their marketing attempts on the social media sites it makes me laugh because that is where people poke fun at them, it used to me in the back pages of the newspaper with a hilarious comic about someone in politics but Social networking sites are now those pages in the news paper.
Everyone wants to have their say on why ‘so and so’ would make a lousy leader, not much is positive about them.
All over the internet, predominantly youtube there are videos making fun of the politicians, with people arguing about their leadership skills and how they would ruin their own country, with a majority of young people watching these and simply deciding that they wouldn’t like anyone who is a candidate as their leader.
Looking at the figures on the Campaign Online Information, where a majority of people get their information from TV and Radio or Websites dedicated to the Campaign I am with them all the way. The TV presenters and Radio hosts are people that the group of non voters identify with, listening or watching them weekly or daily. It is like a long term friend, who if they held a strong view and you had no knowledge on the matter you may follow blindly, this is what I feel is happening.
To put it down to why a group of people under 30 aren’t voting, is because.
1. They don’t care
2. They don’t like the candidates
3. They feel their vote is worth nothing
I have a number of friends who yell at the TV when watching the US candidate debate, but have little interest in our own politics. They are so caught up in the hype that sounded the US election, that they become interested in the matter when they have no ability to influence the outcome. I think it is good to be worldly and have opinions about other countries elections, but when it comes to the thin line voting for our own country they don’t have a care in the world and donkey vote or pick the one with the most hilarious name or who they think will die first. It’s more of a game then something that they want to seriously be involved in the outcome.