Three things to know about young Canadians and voting:
Three myths about young Canadians and voting:
Myth #1: Young people are left leaning in how they vote.
Reality: In the US “for most of the past four decades there was little difference in the voting preferences of younger and older Americans” a Pew Research Centre study concluded. Research clearly shows us again and again that young people tend to vote like their parents. All political parties should consider young people as a potential voting base.
Myth #2: Young people are more cynical about politics than their elders.
Reality: When it comes to being cynical about politics young people and their parents don’t agree. Research tells us that young people are actually more optimistic than their elders. We don’t need to convince young people that voting is important, we just need to support them in getting out to the polls.
Myth #3: Social media is the solution to this problem.
Reality: Asking a young person to vote in person increases the likelihood that they will vote by 10% and is by far the most effective method. Reversing a long-term trend isn’t easy, but organizations like Apathy is Boring will be working hard in 2015 and beyond to ensure that the next generation of Canadians becomes a generation of active citizens.
4:30 – 5:30 PM
1-190 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
University of Alberta Campus