Voters and Candidates of the Future
The Intention for Electoral Participation among Adolescents in 22 European countries
Series/Report no.Young: the Nordic Journal of Youth Research;Vol.21 No1
Within the literature there is a growing concern about lower voter turnout rates among young age cohorts. In this article we investigate the reported willingness to vote among 72,466 14-year old adolescents from 22 European countries, taking part in the International Citizen and Civic Education Survey (ICCS, 2009). Results indicate that the willingness to vote remains quite high among this age group, but with a clear gender division. While girls are more likely to state that they will vote, boys are more likely to see themselves as a future election candidate. An open classroom climate at school contributes to the willingness to vote in future elections. The elements that are known to have an effect on the turnout level of adults, however, do not have a significant impact on the intention to vote among adolescents. This would suggest that the observed low turnout rate among young age groups cannot just be attributed to an alleged lack of political motivation among adolescents.
Hooghe, Marc et Ruth Dassonneville. 2013. "Voters and Candidates of the Future. The Intention for Electoral Participation among Adolescents in 22 European Countries". Young: the Nordic Journal of Youth Research 21 (no 1) : 1-28.