Do young peo­ple think the vot­ing age should be low­ered?

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRAC -

The So­cial Fu­tures and Life Path­ways Project is an on­go­ing lon­gi­tu­di­nal study of young peo­ple from Queens­land, Aus­tralia. 16 Also known as ‘Our Lives’, it is fol­low­ing a sin­gle aged co­hort of young Aus­tralians as they progress from ado­les­cence and into adult­hood. The project com­menced in 2006 when the co­hort were 12–13 years old and were in their first year of se­condary school. To date, six waves of quan­ti­ta­tive data col­lec­tion have been com­pleted with the most re­cent sur­vey be­ing car­ried out in 2017.

In 2013, the Our Lives co­hort were aged 18-19 years old and were vot­ing at their first fed­eral elec­tion. At this time, the Wave 4 Our Lives sur­vey was ad­min­is­tered to the group. One ques­tion asked of the co­hort was whether they thought the vot­ing age should be low­ered from 18 to 16.

As their re­sponses in­di­cate, ir­re­spec­tive of ed­u­ca­tion, back­ground, or po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity felt that the vot­ing age should stay at 18.

SOURCE: Our Lives Wave 4, 2013. Per­cent­age of Our Lives par­tic­i­pants who thought the vot­ing age should stay at 18 or be low­ered to 16 (n=2,173).

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