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Third of young adults don't plan to vote - survey

2014-02-06 18:28
(Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Johannesburg - The number of young adults who will not vote in this year's general elections has increased, according to a Pondering Panda survey released on Thursday.

"The survey, which is repeated at regular intervals, found that close to a third of respondents [29%] said they did not plan to vote this year, compared to 23% who said in July that they did not intend to vote in 2014," spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said.

The number of young adults who did not intend to vote had increased by six percent.

The survey interviewed 3 683 respondents aged between 18 and 34 across South Africa.

24.1m registered to vote

Just over 24.1 million South Africans have registered to vote, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said earlier on Thursday ahead of the final voter registration this weekend.

"This is 76.7% of the estimated voting age population which, according to Statistics SA is 31.4 million," spokesperson Kate Bapela said in a statement.

According to the Pondering Panda survey, among race groups, coloured South Africans were the most likely to say they did not intend to vote, with 33% not planning to cast a ballot.

"In comparison, 29% of blacks and 28% of whites said they did not plan on going to the polls," Wakefield said.

'Nothing will change'

Respondents who said they did not plan to vote were asked why not.

According to the survey 54% said they did not intend to vote because "nothing will change".

"In comparison 21% felt there was no one worth voting for, four percent said their party would win without their vote and four percent believed their party would lose, regardless of their vote," she said.

Twelve-percent of respondents said they did not intend to participate in the elections for other reasons.

"The majority of those who don't currently intend to vote feel that nothing will change, regardless of who wins the election."

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