Community engagement encourages voting in youth

According to the National Youth Survey (2011) there is a positive relationship between voting and other forms of civic engagement. Youth who participated in different political activities – such as signing a petition or attending a community meeting about a local issue – were more likely to vote. Of the 22% of youth who had participated in two or more activities, participation was 12 percentage points higher than for the 52% of youth who had participated in no activities. Providing many opportunities for youth to get involved can help them to become more active citizens. People who talk about politics are also more likely to vote. The National Youth Survey (2011) showed that turnout for youth who discussed politics with their friends was 25 percentage points higher than for those who did not. For youth who discussed politics with their family, turnout was 31 percentage points higher than for youth who did not. Talking about politics is a simple, yet powerful way to build democratic engagement.

Source: Elections Canada. (2011). National Youth Survey: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=rec/part/nysr&document=index&lang=e

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