If only young people voted, the far right would win in Slovakia

About one-fifth of Slovaks from 18 to 24 years old would vote for the country's extremist party People's Party -- Our Slovakia.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
If only young people voted, the far right would win in Slovakia - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

We know that the far right is on the rise in Europe, but the trend is even more significant among young people. 

A Slovak youth organization published a survey showing the extent of the far right's popularity among younger citizens.

Young Slovaks feel insecure in a world where they have so many opportunities to choose from, but no guidance on how to choose. This chaotic enviroment draws them to proponents of strict social order and authoritarianism. They are also frustrated with the limitations of the educational system and critical of the quality of healthcare and transportation. And finally, many struggle with difficult family situations.

Hence it is imperative that we send them a clear message: political extremism will not solve any of these problems.

Details from the story:

  • If only young Slovaks voted, the far right party Our Party -- Our Slovakia would rule the National Council.
  • Previous surveys and research have noted an increase in young voters' support for the far right over the last two years.
  • Young Slovaks report feeling powerless about the future.
  • Generally, young people are aware of the harm caused by racism and xenophobia, but often use racist language regardless.

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