2017 was the year of the “youthquake”. Millennials and Gen-Zers were dismissed as too busy taking selfies and eating avocados to vote; but the UK general election saw the 18-24 year old turnout reach a 25-year high. In fact, there’s been a noticeable trend of increasing youth political participation; from the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum where 75% of 16-17 year olds turned out, to Virginia’s 2017 gubernatorial election where young people voted in historic numbers.
What’s this got to do with kids’ social platforms? Hear me out.
To say that 2016 was a memorable year for the majority of the adult world may be an understatement. Many breathed a sigh of relief as this new year began – but how much did the apocalyptic media coverage of 2016 really affect centennials? We spoke to over 800 8-18 year olds from the US and the UK, to find out what stood out to them from the last year – and whether it was really that bad after all.
After probably the most controversial presidential race the US has ever seen (and there have been a few of them), a new leader has been chosen. We asked 500 kids (8-13) what they thought about their new President and the results are fascinating.
With the election looming, it’s the question that every politician wants to answer – how to engage the youth. Voter apathy in this age group is high with over half of 18-24 year olds not using their vote.
The next generation of voters are set to face an ever broader and splintered political field than their predecessors. So what’s really important to Generation Z? SuperAwesome’s Insights Team looked into this, focusing on 8-16 year olds.