Jun 11 2018

Turkish youth likely to vote according to parents’ political views - expert

While more than 80 percent of Turkey’s young voters told a poll last year they were not interested in politics, youngsters, who will steer the outcome of June 24 elections, will most likely vote according to their parents’ political views, said Fatoş Karahasan, the author of a book on Turkish youth.

With half the population under the age of 31 in 2016, young Turkish voters could prove key to the outcome of the parliamentary and presidential elections. One June 24, 1.5 million young voters will be participating in elections for the first time.

“Youngsters in Turkey are too dependent on their parents, but they are unhappy and hopeless, so they can create surprises at the ballot boxes,” pro-government Hürriyet daily news quoted Karahasan as saying.

The author of the book “Make way, the youngsters are coming”, drew a picture of young Turkish people “extremely loyal to and dependent on their parents”, which in turn made their parents happy.

“So these children, who live at home and talk with each other through emoji, can’t enter deep political lives. Some 84 percent said they are not interested in politics. They repeat whatever their parents say,” she said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s announcement of the elections 17 months ahead of schedule has shortened the campaign period.

“I don’t know to what degree parties could get their messages across to the youth,” Karahasan said.