Democratic Deficit?

There is a growing debate about the degree to which younger adults in developed countries are less enthusiastic about democracy and more politically extreme than older generations.

We polled a thousand adults on our omnibus in August 2017 about a number of issues relating to democracy and politics.

Among the findings we found that nearly one in four 18-24s think that 'having a democratic political system' is actually a bad way of governing Ireland, while they were less likely to think that 'having experts, not government, make decisions' was a bad way to run the country:



When it comes to political opinions, we find that younger Irish people are more polarised than older generations - and are more likely to self-describe themselves as either left wing or right wing rather than neutral:



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