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4 in 10 young people interested in politics
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Young people aged 15 to 17 years have little interest in politics. They become more interested when turning 18.
The survey ‘Social cohesion and well-being’ was conducted over the period 2012-2018 among nearly 54 thousand persons in the Netherlands aged 15 years and up. It includes questions on engagement in political issues and levels of trust in Parliament and in the European Union.
High level of trust in Parliament
Young people have more faith in Parliament and in the European Union than older people. Two-thirds of the 15 to 17-year-olds place a fairly high to high level of trust in Parliament, while almost 80 percent say they have faith in the European Union.
These levels drop sharply beyond age 18. Among 18 to 21-year-olds, confidence in Parliament already declines by 13 percentage points, dropping further by 10 percentage points among 22 to 24-year-olds. The lowest level of trust is shown by 65 to 74-year-olds, with fewer than one in three showing confidence in politicians.
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