Young people more likely to vote than any other age group: Survey

Young people more likely to vote than any other age group: Survey


We are just hours away from the start of the
20th parliamentary election in this country… Voters get to cast their ballots at more than
35-hundred polling stations across Korea… at the crack of dawn — 6 a.m. Korea time…
to exercise their right to decide who will take the three hundred seats up for grabs
in the 20th National Assembly. Various factors will play a role in the final
outcome but, voter turnout is expected to be one of key game-changers,… especially
in the most hotly-contested electorates. Another element: which age group will be particularly
active in casting ballots. We start our election coverage with Kim Ji-yeon.
Voter turnout is going to be key this year, and a recent survey shows age and party preference
could play into who goes to the polls between 6 AM and 6 PM on Wednesday.
A survey of 25-hundred-36 eligible voters conducted earlier this month by local pollster
Realmeter… showed that 30-somethings are more likely to vote than any other age group,
followed by 20-somethings. “I tend to look at a party’s pledges targeting
young people like me, things like youth unemployment and welfare policies to help us support our
parents in this rapidly aging society.” “After the Sewol-ho ferry incident, I realized
the importance of practical pledges. So I’ll try to pick the party I think could actually
carry them out.” Meanwhile, many respondents in their 60s said
they do not want to vote this year. “If only politicians did what they said they
were going to do… Nowadays people only think of themselves. Politicians are the same. Only
individualism has grown.” The survey also found that the highest percentage
support from likely voters went to the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea,… followed
by the minor opposition Justice Party, the ruling Saenuri Party and the splinter People’s
Party. This election marks the first time in 20 years
Koreans get to choose from a multiple number of parties rather than the traditional two-party
system. Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.