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What young people expect from the presidential election

Young people, their situation, their morale, their expectations… La Fage, one of the two main student unions, entrusted the Ipsos institute with the task of identifying the state of mind of these millions of potential voters, the approach of the presidential election.

The results of this survey (1), unveiled on Tuesday February 22, confirm that the health crisis has greatly weakened 18-30 year olds. The Covid and its collateral effects have obviously left deep psychological scars. Respondents are thus very likely to consider themselves exhausted (60%), anxious (58%), or even sad and dejected (39%).

A growing precariousness

This weakening also has a material dimension. More than one in two young people (58%) claim, for example, to encounter difficulties in obtaining a healthy and balanced diet. Almost as many of them have difficulty paying their rent (50%), as well as certain medical procedures (46%). Significantly higher percentages (7 to 11 points) than those observed in a similar study conducted in 2012.

→ REPORT. Covid-19: the “shame” of students who no longer have enough to eat

Unsurprisingly, this gloom and precariousness, now fueled by inflation, weigh on the way young people approach the future. A majority of them say they are pessimistic about the future of French society (56%), which they often find, for more than a third of them, too dishonest, too corrupt, too unequal. However, this does not prevent them from being optimistic about their own future (76%) or from believing in their ability to find a stable job (68%).

Purchasing power, main concern

In this context, more than one in two young people consider that their concerns are not taken into account in the current electoral campaign. Concerns that relate mainly to economic issues for nearly two thirds of respondents (63%). Purchasing power, cited by 33% of young people, thus comes first.

→ REREAD. Inflation revives the debate on purchasing power

This subject is closely followed by the environment (32%) and social inequalities (28%). It also appears that in the eyes of young people it is the fight against violence against women which, in the public debate (political and media), does not obtain the place it deserves.

However, even if three-quarters of them say they do not trust political parties, relatively few young people (20%) want to abstain or still hesitate to vote. Few in view of the abstention that had been theirs in the second round of the 2017 presidential election. This, according to a study also carried out by Ipsos, had reached 34% among 18-24 year olds, and even 40% among 25-34 year olds.


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