Do you influence the younger generation who are of voting age in your family?

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Many of us have teenage children and grandchildren who are likely to be voting in their first General Election.

There is a concern that student groups and young people will be under-represented at the upcoming election. The election turnout in the UK has been in long-term decline and it is consistently 18-24 year olds that record a much lower turnout than older people.

Should young people let older people shape their future? How do you influence the younger generation in your family? 

Do you influence the younger generation of voting age in your family?

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16th Apr 2015
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On the whole I am not trying to influence the younger members of my family as they are more than capable of making up their own minds. I did have a Facebook chat with a loosely connected young person, mid-twenties I think, who said voting was a waste of time. When I asked how we should do things as a country he said that the whole system needed a rethink - that is putting what he said rather briefly. I then tried to explain that in order to get any changes in the way things are done and systems are run we have to act within the system we already have. If enough people push their view forward then the party in power will have to do something. I also think, and mentioned, that some of the on-line political action groups may well be a useful way to do that - the ones that do not hold any political view but have a go at any party whose view on a given topic appears wrong.
16th Apr 2015
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We talk a lot about what's happening with the political scene at home because I don't think schools raise enough awareness of the importance of politics and the impacts political policies and decisions have on our lives.

I encourage the younger generation to take a balanced view whilst being challenging and hopefully not seeing everything only from a selfish perspective.
16th Apr 2015
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Hi Baxi, I agree with what you say (but) how do you tell a young person not to have a selfish perspective when voting, when all the politicians around him are just that.
They are all money grabbing through their shares and dividends and investments and high salaries, and give no concern for the young or old of this country.

Further: You may be interested in this article, it gives credence to why the young are so disillusioned when
they are confronted with this type of blatant corruption.
16th Apr 2015
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No, they are all well informed and have the right to vote anyway they wish.
Jo Kingham
16th Apr 2015
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I encourage mine to vote - it's their future after all. They ask me who I vote and why and are probably swayed by that if I'm honest. My youngest will be eligible for the first time although he shows little interest so chances of him voting are minimal.
I was always told by my parents if you don't vote then you can't moan about the outcome.
16th Apr 2015
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To a degree yes as they ask me what I vote for and why. However they are their own people and they will be taking over this world of ours and hopefully doing a great job of it and sorting out issues like pollution, climate change, crime etc etc. They are a bright bright generation...they have amazing technology and the ability to influence each other and the rest of the world in a way we never did.

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