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Data InsightsYoung people are less likely to vote than older people — often considerably so
July 03, 2024Bastian Herre

Young people are less likely to vote than older people — often considerably so

Bar chart titled 'Young people are less likely to vote than older people.' The chart shows the share of people in each age group who voted in France (2022), the United Kingdom (2019), the United States (2020), and Germany (2021). Young people are less likely to vote than older people, often considerably so.

In many countries, there are large differences in voter turnout between young and older people. The chart shows the data for recent national elections in four countries.

In the 2022 French elections, 76% of those aged 18–24 voted, while 92% of people aged 50–59 did — a difference of 16 percentage points.

We see the same pattern in the UK and the US. Only slightly more than half of young people voted in their 2019 and 2020 elections, while around three out of four older people did.

This data comes from post-election surveys by Insee, the British Election Study, the US Census Bureau, and the Federal Returning Officer of Germany.

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