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Fri, 15 Jul, 2016 01:24:13 AM
FTimes- STT Report, July 15

About 59 per cent of the young voters plan to vote in the next year’s municipal elections, reports a survey commissioned by the Advisory Council for Youth Affairs.

The survey also found that 21 per cent of the young voters, however, plan to abstain from casting votes in the elections.

These respondents felt that they had no opinion upon which to base their votes.

“It’s a matter of concern, if so many young people feel that they have no opinions on their daily affairs in life,” remarked the secretary general of the organisation, Herttaliisa Turre.

In the last election, only 33 per cent of young people exercised their franchise.

Up to half of the young people could not say which party they would vote for.

About a quarter of young people who could specify their opinions voted for the Vihreät liito (Green League). Less than a fifth voted for the Kansallinen Kokoomus (National Coalition Party). The margin of error for the party support was 3.5 per cent.

 A thousand people aged from 18 to 29 responded to the survey.

The interviews were conducted by Feelback Oy in June and July.

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