New media and new voters: Young people, the Internet and the 2005 UK election campaign

Gustavo S. Mesch, Stephen Coleman

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Recent years have witnessed an increasing public and academic concern in western societies about the political participation of young adults. There is growing evidence that the turnout rate for 18-to 24-year-olds is decreasing from election to election. A Canadian study has shown that only about one quarter of the eligible 18-to 24-year-olds voted in the 2000 election (Pammett and LeDuc, 2003). In the UK a study by the Electoral Commission concluded that young people were half as likely to vote as older age groups and estimated that turnout among young people was lower in the 2005 general election than in 2001. According to a MORI study, it was 37 per cent compared to 39 per cent four years earlier (The Electoral Commission, 2005).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung Citizens in the Digital Age
Subtitle of host publicationPolitical engagement, young people and new media
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781134131570
ISBN (Print)9780203946725
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2007 Brian D. Loader, selection and editorial matter; individual chapters, the contributors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Social Sciences


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