Young people who have, or have had cancer, are more than twice as likely to vote in the next general election than their peers, according to the results of an online poll, released today by CLIC Sargent (1).
At the last general election, voter turnout for 18-24 year olds was just 43% (2). But 92% of young respondents in the CLIC Sargent poll stated that they planned to cast their vote on 8 June.
Commenting on the findings, Clare Laxton, Assistant Director of Policy and Influencing at CLIC Sargent, said:
“Young people affected by cancer face huge challenges around the impact on their education, employment and finances as well as often becoming life long users of health services.
“This could explain why the findings suggest that they are more engaged with the political system than their peers.
“In the run up to the election on 8 June we’ll be focused on making sure that the voices of young cancer patients and their families are heard by candidates.
"And post-election, we look forward to working with young people and the next government on policy changes that address their key concerns.”
(1) CLIC Sargent designed a short online questionnaire for young people with a current or past cancer diagnosis. The survey was promoted on CLIC Sargent’s website, social media channels and through our research contact databases. The survey was live for two weeks during April and May. Twenty-six young people completed the questionnaire. Results were analysed using the survey software CVent.
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