Why Generation Y doesn't Vote

March 8, 2007

UBC political scientists have released a study showing that young Canadians are voting less because of a decline in political competitiveness.  In the more competitive 2006 election, voter turnout increased.  The first few elections a young person encounters will shape their voting habits for a lifetime, and as a generation that grew up in a period of fairly dull campaigns, we now have a wave of Canadians that will have little interest in voting.  Voters that came of age in 2000 are about 40 points less likely than 50-year-olds to claim to have voted.  UBC Reports