'Top-up fees' tops list of important issues
When asked their views on a number of political issues, of most concern to young people was student fees. However many other issues are also important to them. We asked them to put the issues in order of importance.11-18 year olds from different types of schools across the UK contributed to a list of 21 political issues. They were then asked to rank the five that were most important to them. The results were:
Third World Debt
War in Iraq
Fair trade; Global warming
International issues appear closest to the hearts of young people, after student fees.
Participants were asked to respond 'yes' or 'no' to a question on each of their five chosen issues, with the top ranking results as follows:
1. Should University education be free?
Yes: 91%; No: 9%
2. Should smoking be banned in public places?
Yes: 92%; No; 8%
3. Should developed countries cancel the debts of developing countries?
Yes: 89%; No: 11%
4. Should British troops remain in Iraq?
Yes: 25%; No: 75%
5. Should trade rules be tightened to protect poorer countries?
Yes: 95%; No: 5%
5. Should the UK do more to lobby for reductions in carbon emissions?
Yes: 96%; No: 4%
Also in the top ten priorities of the young people surveyed were:
80 per cent believe that gay and lesbian people should have the right to marry.
92 per cent believe that seriously ill people should be allowed to choose to die.
93 per cent believe that all schools should have a compulsory ‘healthy’ eating menu.
68 per cent believe that Britain’s borders should be open to all.
Fox hunting, reducing the voting age to sixteen, capital punishment, 24 hour licensing laws, recycling, GM foods, reform of the House of Lords, and the health risks of mobile phones all had much lower levels of interest among the young people surveyed.