Do young voters trust politics? And how do they view the future? On behalf of the Generationen Stiftung, we surveyed 1,500 people in Germany between the ages of 16 and 26 in a representative study conducted between June 16- 21.2021.
For the first time in decades, the young generation of today is politically active. At a first glance, this is encouraging, after years of political disinterest; however, our study revealed some sobering figures. More than half, 54.8%, of those surveyed state they do not feel represented by any of the political parties standing for this year’s general election. 83.4% state that the interests of young people are being ignored by political parties in Germany, despite numerous protests over the last few years. These views are reflected in the development of the last four years, during which time more than 70% of respondents say their trust in politics has suffered. When asked generally about their view of the future, 70% of young people also admit to being anxious about their future in 50 years.
The full report on the study can be found here (German only).