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Over two-thirds of young people disagree with voting boycott

Some 69% of 16 to 25-year-olds dismissed Russell Brand's vote of no confidence in modern politics and said abstaining from the ballot box was not the right way to make politicians take them seriously, according to a poll.

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'3/4 of young people' feel unrepresented by politics

Some 78% of 16 to 25-year-olds do not feel modern politics represents the needs of their generation, a survey has revealed.

69% agreed voter registration should occur in the last year of secondary school Credit: PA

The poll, carried out by charity vInspired, also showed how online and mobile phone technology could be used to lure younger people to the ballot box.

At least 73% of younger voters quizzed wanted to access the ballot box via text message or online voting.

It also identified the key battlegrounds for the youth vote as immigration (40%), the cost of living (29%) and stopping increases to student fees (18%).

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