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Only 19% of young voters go online for election info: survey

Kyodo

Only around a fifth of the nation’s younger voters are using the Internet to get information on political parties and their candidates, a survey said Sunday.

The upcoming House of Councilors election is the first in which online campaigning has been permitted, but the results of the poll, conducted by Kyodo News, signals that younger voters are either disinterested or unaware of the cyber-resource.

The survey, which covered 100 men and women in their 20s, was released a week before next Sunday’s Upper House election

Of those surveyed, 19 said they had accessed election-related information via social networking services or websites.

Another 63 said they had not.

Another 18 said they don’t intend to.

Those in the latter two categories either said they were not interested in the election or that they were satisfied with current newspaper and television coverage of the race.

As for awareness about online campaigning, 79 people said they knew that the ban had been lifted and 20 said they did not.

Another 36 respondents said they didn’t know that voting online is currently impossible.

Asked whether they had benefited from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s deflation-fighting economic policies, 77 said they had not, mainly because their wages haven’t gone up.

Only 10 said they had felt an impact from “Abenomics,” in terms of better bonuses or optimism created by the massive surge in Japanese stocks.

Many respondents said they want the government to put its efforts into addressing issues directly linked to their lives, such as economic and employment measures and pensions.

The survey conducted from July 5 to Wednesday covered 50 male and 50 female eligible voters across the 47 prefectures.