“Jilted”? Do They Mean Us?
The young are less likely than older people to agree with Labour’s criticism of the Government for abandoning them. Ed Miliband borrowed the phrase “jilted generation” (right) the other day, but young people themselves are (slightly) less likely to think of themselves that way.
In a special ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror, we asked if people agreed or disagreed with the following statements:
This government’s economic policy threatens to leave a generation of young people jobless
18-24 year olds are less likely to agree (64%) than the population as a whole. Social groups DE are more likely to agree (73%) than all other social groups and particularly social group AB (61%). People in Scotland are far more likely to agree (78%) than elsewhere.
Schools must do more to give young people the vocational skills they need to equip them for the workplace
The government is doing a good job at helping young people into work
A tax on bankers’ bonuses should be introduced and the proceeds used to fight youth unemployment
Don’t know: 12%
Again, 18-24 year olds are the least likely to agree – only 64% do so.
It is easier for young people to get a job now than it was 20 years ago
Again, 18-24 year-olds are out of line: they are the most likely to agree, although at 12% the proportion is still low. Similarly, only 68% of 18-24 year olds disagree. In Scotland, 91% of people disagree.
The government should focus more on getting young people into work than into university
18-24 year olds are the least likely to agree – 55% compared to 80% of the 65+ age group. Social group C2 are the more likely to agree (74%) than other social groups.
ComRes interviewed 2,011 GB adults online on 8 and 9 June 2011. Full tables at ComRes.Tagged in: comres, opinion polls
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