Youth Politics Survey
 PO Box 1796
 Glendora, CA 91740
 Tel  (626) 914 5404
 Fax (626) 852 0776


Over 100 high school students mailed in their responses to the Youth Politics Survey of the Youth Voter Report in the September/October 1998 issue of LA Youth - a newspaper for and by LA teens. The average age of respondents was 15 years old. 31% of respondents were males, 69 were females. The survey was adapted from a more comprehensive survey by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press called "Deconstructing Distrust - How Americans View Government."

LA Youth Politics Survey Results

I plan to vote in every election.
Adults in Pew survey: 51% agree
LA Youth Survey:       70% agree

I am highly satisfied with the state of the nation.
Adults in Pew survey: 20% agree
LA Youth Survey:       20% agree

I basically trust the federal government in Washington.
Adults in Pew survey: 39% agree
LA Youth Survey:       22% agree

The government is inefficient and wasteful.
Adults in Pew survey: 64% agree
LA Youth Survey:       41% agree

People like me don't have any say about what the government does.
Adults in Pew survey: 46% agree
LA Youth Survey:       40% agree

I am frustrated with the government.
Adults in Pew survey: 56% agree
LA Youth Survey:       54% agree

The government should guarantee every citizen food and basic shelter.
Adults in Pew survey: 72% agree
LA Youth Survey:       72% agree

Everyone should have access to affordable health care.
Adults in Pew survey: 75% agree
LA Youth Survey:       92% agree

Everyone should be able to afford college.
Adults in Pew survey: 50% agree
LA Youth Survey:       82% agree

I favor an increase in minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.15.
Adults in Pew survey: 80% agree
LA Youth Survey:       90% agree

I favor hiring 100,000 teachers to reduce class size in public schools.
Adults in Pew survey: 82% agree
LA Youth Survey:       68% agree

I regularly watch the news on TV.
Adults in Pew survey: 72% agree
LA Youth Survey:       70% agree

I regularly read newspapers.
Adults in Pew survey: 62% agree
LA Youth Survey:       27% agree

I regularly use a computer to go online to get information about current events, public issues or politics.
Adults in Pew survey: 24% agree
LA Youth Survey:       19% agree

Government is a good place to work.
Adults in Pew survey: 71% agree
LA Youth Survey:       38% agree

Young people should start their careers in politics or government.
Adults in Pew survey: 40% agree
LA Youth Survey:       11% agree