– 38% of respondents identified themselves as neither Unionist or Nationalist (49% in the 16-34 age group)
– NI has a lower level of political activists (9%) than GB (11%)
– Only 40% are interested in The Assembly and only 25% know a fair bit about it. 40% couldn’t name one of their local MLAs
– Only around half say that they are very likely to vote in the next election
There is an unsurprising disparity in terms of age:
– 23% of 16-34 year olds said they were fairly or very interested in The Assembly, compared with 50% of over 45s
– 15% of 16-34 year olds said they know a fair amount about The Assembly compared with 34% for over 55s
– 13% of 16-34 year olds have contacted an MLA since the 2007 elections, compared with 20% of over 35s
So, it seems that in Northern Ireland, we’re disinterested in mainstream politics, and that our young adults are even more so.
But are we ignoring ‘Big P’ Politics (party politics) in favour of ‘small p’ politics (protests, petitions and facebook groups)?
Are we apathetic? Or alienated?