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GE16: NYCI poll says that 77% of 18-30 year olds are registered to vote

And Joan is doing badly in the polls

Written by Oisín McKenna and posted in news

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With only 2 weeks left until polling day, general election campaigns are in full swing. Doors are being knocked on. Promises are being made and disputed. Babies are being kissed. The first televised leader’s debate took place last night, with no clear winner emerging among Enda Kenny, Joan Burton, Micheál Martin and Gerry Adams.


77% 18-30 year olds are registered to vote

According to a new poll commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and carried out by Red C, 3 in 4 18-30 year olds in Ireland are registered to vote, and 45% of them are interested in politics. Social media is the primary source of information for those young people to keep up to date with current affairs.

The poll also demonstrated some other interesting results, including how trust in politicians may lower with age. 20% of 15-17 year olds have trust in politicians, whereas only 10% of 22-25 year olds do.

Joan Burton isn’t doing well in the polls

According to the latest Millward Brown poll, Tanaiste Joan Burton could be in trouble. She is polling in 5th place in her Dublin West constituency, which only has four seats. If this trend is not reversed, Burton may not be re-elected.

Immigrant Council of Ireland launch ‘Rock The Vote’ campaign

Newly registered migrants living in Ireland are being encouraged to vote by the Immigrant Council of Ireland. The campaign will host gigs and events all over the country to raise awareness. You can keep up to date on their Facebook page here.

Candidates pursue innovative new strategies

Minister of State Simon Harris has tried out a new campaign technique, by attempting to woo voters in his Wicklow constituency with these branded wet wipes...

Meanwhile, Renua candidate Ronan McMahon is invoking the spirit of Nelson Mandela to give his campaign that extra boost.

The issues according to Google

Google has released the list of most common search terms related to the general election. The most popular questions include:

  • ‘Who is Enda Kenny?’
  • ‘Is the Labour Party dead?’
  • ‘What did Sinn Féin call Michael Martin in the Dáil?’
  • ‘Is Gerry Adams married?’

SpunOut support Vote For Youth campaign

SpunOut, along with 7 other organisations, are encouraging young people to make an informed vote in this general election. Executive Director Ian Power says "Young people do vote and parties should make an effort to win their support by talking to their issues. In 2011, 62% of 18 to 25 year olds cast a ballot at polling stations compared to a national average of 70%. This was up 12% on 2002. Older generations may not have voted when they were younger but this generation are engaged, and they care more about issues than personalities. That gives me hope for the future and I hope it will start to put young people’s issues on the mainstream political agenda."

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Published February 12th, 2016
Last updated February 24th, 2016
Tags general election politics
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