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Would reducing the voting age benefit the left?


Protestant/Catholic=Irish

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As it is fairly common knowledge that young people are generally more progressive and left leaning politically, would reducing the voting age to 16 benefit left leaning parties at the expense of right wing ones?

Or, as is the case in a country where conservative parties get more votes than progressive ones do, would conservative parties actually benefit the most as parents will force their kids to vote the way they do?

Another possibility is that it would make no difference at all and the voting patterns of 16-18 year olds will be similar to that of the rest of the population.

In Argentina, where it was lowered to 16, the government was accused of using the youth vote to get back into power (but maybe that was opposition just being opposition). If I'm not mistaken, Christina Fernandez, the Argentinian President, is left leaning herself.

Argentina lowers voting age to 16 - Telegraph
 


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When I see Young Fine Gaelers and Ográ-Heads support government policies on college campus, it leaves you wondering that things never change.
 

spidermom

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WHAT "left"????

:-(
 

Tin Foil Hat

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It would benefit the people who get the vote which, lest we forget, is kinda the point of the vote in the first place
 

pragmaticapproach

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Well if their instincts and belief in themselves are sound it could only serve to benefit the right.
But if they've been exposed to a massive bombardment of TV and advertisements then Left would definitely benefit.
But as Spiderman asked- what left?
Do you mean the proletariat?
Or do you mean those who think that the ESS virtues of discipline,courage,honour and loyalty should be superceded by the ephemeral values of tolerance and equality?
They should raise the voting age, and government power should be limited. I dont want a nannystate of any description, whether its leftwing or ultra conservative.
 
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This move towards allowing 16 year olds to vote is part of this "equality" sickness.

Let kids be kids, rather than little adults.

Kids of that age will obviously be far more likely to vote for LW parties since the values of the Left appeal to mind that likes soundbites, uniformity(with the pretence of individuality), and popularity.
 

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When I see Young Fine Gaelers and Ográ-Heads support government policies on college campus, it leaves you wondering that things never change.
That is how to ensure a successful career in this rotten little statelet.
 

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They should raise the voting age, and government power should be limited. I dont want a nannystate of any description, whether its leftwing or ultra conservative.
The average teenager is indifferent to politics . The lowest turnout by age in Irish elections/ referenda are those in the 18 to 21 cohorts. Therefore they could reduce the voting age to 7 for all the difference it's going to make. The political scum who rant about reducing voting age are Empty cans making noises to distract voters from serious issues
 

julieandrews

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I think it would be of more benefit to the right. Teenagers tend to be very idealistic with little real life experience of the problems people face in life. It can be very black and white with teenagers.
 

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Yes unfortunately which is why I oppose it. Teenagers are impulsive, idealistic, and shallow, which makes them more prone to simplistic, magic-wand, cure-all type solutions from political demagogues. I was a Socialist in my teens and thank God I didn't have the vote before I began to emerge from my political hypnosis around 18.
 

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I have at times wondered about the logic of allowing many categories of people to vote. 16 year olds, why not?
 

EUrJokingMeRight

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Left, right does not matter. Everyone has to live here so yes, 16 year ols should be allowed to vote.
 
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I have yet to be convinced by the argument that 16 year olds should be eligible to vote.
 
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As an aside would a constitutional clause need to be changed and/or inserted?
 

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Yes unfortunately which is why I oppose it. Teenagers are impulsive, idealistic, and shallow, which makes them more prone to simplistic, magic-wand, cure-all type solutions from political demagogues. I was a Socialist in my teens and thank God I didn't have the vote before I began to emerge from my political hypnosis around 18.
And when you're 80 you could look back on our opinions now and think what a fool you were. People change, and sometimes so do their politics. But in a democracy we are to respect the wishes of the majority, and if the majority, at that current time, want a certain government, then so be it. Many who voted FF in previous elections are regretting that now, Should their vote have been taken away from them when they voted for things they would later regret? If I find out that SF will get into power in 10 years time, should we just ignore the result of the next election seeing as the majority will want SF in 10 years?

Would you support a reduced voting age if it came with a more thorough political education system in schools? The government already had a curriculum read for this subject except that current cutbacks stopped it from seeing the light of day.
 

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Yes unfortunately which is why I oppose it. Teenagers are impulsive, idealistic, and shallow, which makes them more prone to simplistic, magic-wand, cure-all type solutions from political demagogues. I was a Socialist in my teens and thank God I didn't have the vote before I began to emerge from my political hypnosis around 18.
I nwas going to say something partially identical and partly even less complimentary about the over 65s
 

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