Housing should be the main priority for the next government, Newsbeat finds

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19th March 2015 16:22 - Central Government

A recent survey – commissioned by Newsbeat – has gained an insight into what young people would like the next government to prioritise.Housing should be the main priority for the next government, Newsbeat finds

The 6,345 respondents were questioned about a range of issues, such as which problems should be tackled by the next prime minister, and which politician they think would be the most fun on a night out.

The survey discovered that one of the most prominent concerns for people aged 18 to 24 was housing; with 24 per cent of the respondents claiming to view it as the main priority for the next government.

As it stands, the number of people under 35 years old who own their own home is decreasing. Whilst on the other hand, the number of people who are renting privately is on the rise.

The survey also found that 47 per cent of the respondents aged 18 to 24 will definitely vote in the general election or are “very likely” to cast their vote.

15 per cent said that they definitely will not or are “very unlikely” to vote in May.

Of the respondents, 64 per cent said that politics is an effective way to make a change to the country. However, 50 per cent of the country, have not yet registered to vote.

The survey found that the public’s perception of current politicians can affect how likely they are to vote.

For example, of the respondents who claimed that they are not likely to vote in the general election, 30 per cent said that it was due to the fact they do not have enough knowledge about the people who are in politics.

When the survey asked who the respondents trusted, 38 per cent were not sure which party leader they should put their confidence in.

21 per cent of the people surveyed believed that UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, would be the most fun to go on a night out with.

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