In 2014, the Economist reported that in not a single European country do young people turn out to vote more than the old. Are young people less interested in politics than older ones?

The answer is yes. According to our Europe-wide survey, younger Europeans are indeed less interested in politics than older ones. The older the age group, the larger the share of politically interested people. However, despite the young-old gap, a heartening majority of young Europeans are very or somewhat interested in politics: 69% of those aged 14-20, and 74% of those aged 21-30.

It seems more could be done to politically engage today’s youth, or else politics will remain an old man’s game.


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