MaltaToday Survey | Younger voters most undecided about which party to vote for

Voters aged 18-34 are the most undecided when asked who of the two leaders they trust most, and the most likely not to trust either Joseph Muscat or Simon Busuttil

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James Debono
16 March 2017, 7:20am
‘Hey millennials, we’re actually too busy pandering to the prejudices of pension-busting baby-boomers, but you can vote for us too in between part-time jobs’
‘Hey millennials, we’re actually too busy pandering to the prejudices of pension-busting baby-boomers, but you can vote for us too in between part-time jobs’
MaltaToday Survey and Trust Barometer, March 2017
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The young cannot make their mind up. That much is true about their political choices as the latest MaltaToday survey shows younger (18-34) voters being the least likely to have made up their mind for which party they will be voting next year.

Labour is now enjoying its greatest lead among 35- to 54-year olds and the Nationalist Party is at par with the Labour party among those over 55 years of age.

The survey shows that 61.2% of the 18-34 group made up their mind whom they will be voting for, compared to 64.3% of 35-54-year olds and 72.6% of over 55-year olds.

Moreover 29.2% of respondents aged between 18-34 are either undecided or did not reveal their voting intentions, compared to 21% of both 35- to 54-year olds and over 55-year olds.

35- to 54-year olds are also the most likely to state that they will not be voting. 13.6% of this age group will not vote, compared to 9.7% of under-34-year olds and 6.4% of over-55-year olds.

The survey shows the PL leading by 7.3 points among 35- to 54-year olds compared to just 2.8 points among under-34-year olds and 0.4 points among over-55-year olds. Overall the PL is leading by 4 points.

Joseph Muscat is more trusted than Simon Busuttil among all age groups. But while he enjoys a trust lead of 12 points among the 35-54 age group, he only enjoys a lead of 4.2 points among 18- to 34-year olds and 4.8 points among over-55-year olds. Overall the survey showed Muscat enjoying a trust lead of 7 points.

18- to 34-year olds are the most likely not to trust either of the two leaders – 21% compared to 17.3% of 35- to 54-year olds and 9.6% of over-55-year olds. 18- to 34-year olds are also the most undecided when asked who of the two leaders they trust most, 22.2% compared to 14.1% of 35- to 54-year olds and 8.8% of over-55-year olds.

Small parties enjoy the highest level of support among 18- to 34-year olds. Among this age group 5.6% would vote for a small party. But among younger voters it is the far right ‘patriots’ who register the highest level of support. AD enjoys its highest support among 35- to 54-year olds but is at par with Marlene Farrugia’s PD among both 18- to 34-year olds and over 55-year olds.

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James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, ...