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This paper summarises results from the only representative and comprehensive survey of Scots under the age of 18 who will be enfranchised to vote in the referendum in September 2014 following the lowering of the voting age to 16. Many claims have been made about young people and their alleged disengagement from politics. This paper challenges such assertions and suggests that political interest amongst young people is similar to that of adults, however there is an observed distance to existing institutionalised actors such as political parties. In addition, the paper explores how young people form their attitudes on the issue. In doing so it criticises those who claimed that young people would be easily biased to vote in a particular way by their parents or teachers as no such negative effects can be observed.
|Number of pages||12|
|Early online date||1 Aug 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- Scottish referendum
- voting age
- young people
- political engagement
- political socialisation
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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2013: Constitutional Change Data
Paterson, L. (Project Leader) & Eichhorn, J. (Project Member), ScotCen Social Research, 28 Jul 2014
DOI: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7519-2, http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7519&type=Data%20catalogue