23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 05-05-2015 04:44

      Friday 01, May 2015

      ELECTION: Young adults from the constituency of Weaver Vale give their opinions on politics

      IT is a renowned fact that young adults disengage themselves from politics, but why is that?


      VIEW: The Constituency of Weaver Vale from Frodsham hill


      In the constituency of Weaver Vale, 30 percent of young adults aren’t registered to vote.


      With this in mind, it begs the question as to why this age demographic aren’t interested in casting a ballot on 7 May.


      In order to gain an understanding, a number of young adults from the constituency gave their views on the forthcoming General Election.


      Nichola Marland, 17 from Frodsham, explained how despite being too young to vote, the persona around politics is relatively difficult to understand.


      “I don't find politics very interesting at all because I don't understand the general idea of what it involves.


      “I think that it comes across as being rather boring to some people because I believe a lot of concentration is needed to understand it.”


      Nichola added: “If I was to vote, it would be for the Labour Party because it is the party that I have heard the most about.”


      TWEET: Nichola expressed her relief of not voting on Twitter


      From one person who can’t vote, to someone who can, as fellow constituent Elizabeth Cartwright prepares to vote for the first time at a General Election.


      “I’m really looking forward to voting, I feel like it is the first real opportunity for me to get involved with something I am developing a passion about,” said the 19-year-old from Helsby.


      Asked why she felt this generation distanced themselves from politics, Elizabeth said: “I think a lot of young adults don’t really know what the parties stand for.


      “I find the policies aren’t clear, sometimes I struggle with the terminology they use so I can’t make an informed decision as to whether I agree or not.


      “I also think there is a lack of interest from young people because they don’t know how it will affect them.


      “They can’t see how their vote will change anything, they believe that regardless of who they vote for, nothing will be done and therefore don’t see the point in being involved.”


      ANALYSING: Elizabeth (left) and friend look through party leaflets


      With no compulsory teaching of politics in schools, Elizabeth explained how she felt more should be done to get the subject on the school curriculum.


      “If politics was taught from a younger age, it would really benefit teenagers when it came to voting for the first time, so they aren’t completely left in the dark.


      “This does however come with a risk of bias from the teachers, as they may have their own opinions, so there would have to be a clear system set up to avoid this.”


      With the latest polls suggesting that young adults look set to vote for either Labour or the Conservatives, many just aren’t contemplating the big two, as the Green Party rank third, something of which pleased Elizabeth.


      “I am thinking of voting for the Green Party because they are an alternative to Labour and the Conservatives.


      “They have some really interesting ideas and it would be good if they were able to form a coalition with a larger party and maybe influence some of the decisions.


      “Above all, their policies seem to show that they have the people in mind and that’s something which I like.”


      Listen to what fellow young adults had to say about the divide between youth and politics below.


      Another constituent who could follow in Elizabeth’s footsteps in voting for the Green Party is David Ridout.


      With a common theme occurring with regards to young adults voting for the Green’s, David remained open minded, but explained how he could be swayed to vote for the party.


      “There’s not one party that really stands out to me,” said the 21-year-old from Sutton Weaver.


      “I’ve heard good things about the Green Party from other people, but I’d need to look into this more if I were to vote for them.”


      UNSURE: David tweeted his confusion about voting in the election


      In order to gain a better understanding, David felt that the parties should make things easier for young adults to comprehend.


      “I find it all bit confusing trying to keep up to date, and the language used is beyond me.


      “Perhaps if there was an easier way to vote, maybe something online with clear explanations of all the parties and what they stood for, then that would help.”


      With just one week remaining until balloting gets underway, time will tell if enough was done by each of the political parties to attract the young electorate to vote.


      By Steven Peach