Just in time for the 2017 fed­er­al elec­tions, young peo­ple came to the fore again in Ger­many. In the 2017 elec­tions, more than five mil­lion eli­gi­ble vot­ers were younger than 25 years, about three mil­lion of them first-time vot­ers. Numer­ous cam­paigns specif­i­cal­ly tar­get­ed young peo­ple and polit­i­cal par­ties were work­ing on for­mats to address young vot­ers in par­tic­u­lar. Nev­er­the­less, once again sig­nif­i­cant­ly few­er young Ger­mans turned out to vote in the 2017 elec­tions than there were vot­ers in the rest of the pop­u­la­tion.

In this report, d|part and the Friedrich Ebert Foun­da­tion pub­lish their research on the vot­ing behav­iour of young Ger­mans. The research team analysed offi­cial elec­tion sta­tis­tics and rep­re­sen­ta­tive sur­vey data on the par­tic­i­pa­tion of young vot­ers col­lect­ed around the elec­tions. This data allows a detailed look at young people’s vot­er turnout and polit­i­cal atti­tudes. The research shows, among oth­er things, that young peo­ple still turn out to vote less often, but are no less inter­est­ed in pol­i­tics.

We take a look at the fol­low­ing ques­tions:

  • How many young Ger­mans vot­ed in the 2017 fed­er­al elec­tions?
  • Who vot­ed and why? What dif­fer­ences need to be high­light­ed?
  • What moti­vat­ed or pre­vent­ed young peo­ple from vot­ing in 2017?
  • Who did young Ger­mans vote for and for what rea­sons?
  • Which top­ics were inter­est­ing for young peo­ple in 2017?
  • How did young peo­ple find out about the 2017 fed­er­al elec­tions?

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