The elections for London Mayor are well under way, and so is the debate on whether or not the voting age should be decreased. The Student Room is where students have chosen to voice their opinion and according to a poll, many students don’t believe that the voting age should be decreased.
In a poll of 149 students, 69% voted against changing the voting age from 18 to 16. 31% voted in favour of such changes.
This is what some students had to say:
“16 is a reasonable age. The majority will most likely not take any interest and not bother, but there are a lot of people that age who would want to be active in politics, I know I would have when I was 16. They are certainly responsible enough.”
“A lot of young people are just not “worldly wise” enough to vote (and I’m including myself, a 22 year old, in this, to some extent). Maybe if political issues were discussed more in schools [then the voting age could be lowered]. But for now, keep it as it is.”
“I am 16 years old, and even thought I believe that I could make a wise vote, I don’t believe the majority of people my age could….there is still a large percentage of immature and ignorant 16-year-old’s who would make silly choices, based on no significant knowledge of the government. Their votes will most likely be influenced by their peers [and parents], and not based on their own opinions.”
Currently, in the UK the voting age is 18, although in The Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, the voting age is already 16.
Despite 16 being the legal age of consent for joining the army, applying for a passport without parental consent and receive a National Insurance Card, many students believe that the voting age should remain at 18. Unless there was more of an emphasis on politics in the National Curriculum.