Generation gap hits young Scots voters

Young Scots are half as likely as over-65s to feel they have the option to vote for someone who 'understands their life', a survey has found.

Jonathan Shafi wants action on generation gap. Picture: John Devlin

The poll for the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) Scotland found a generation gap in how people feel about voting before the general election.

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Young people were most likely of any age group to discuss politics but felt alienated from the political system. The poll found only 26 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds feel they have the option to vote for someone who “understands their life” compared with half of the over-65s.

Jonathan Shafi of the ERS called for action to “close this dangerous generation gap before it becomes unbridgeable”.