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Global issues & Politics

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Is giving rewards for voting a good idea?

10th - 17th May 2024

With as much as 49% of the world’s population taking to the polls this year, we wanted to ask young people about incentivised voting: would rewarding people for exercising their democratic right help tackle dwindling voter turnout, or is gamifying elections a step too far?

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Is it time to call a general election?

20th October - 03rd November 2023

Ahead of Parliament Week in November, voters considered the timeline for the upcoming general election and whether it should be brought forward. They discussed the current representation in Parliament, mandates, and the major issues facing the UK Government at the moment.

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Has the Ukraine war changed our perception of refugees?

16th - 23rd June 2023

To mark the 25th anniversary of Refugee Week and this year's theme of "Compassion in Action", voters explored how our perceptions of refugees may have changed as a result of the Ukraine war. Looking at statistics and personal stories, voters assessed how - if at all - our attitudes have changed in the UK since February 2022.

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Houses of Parliament

Is it okay for the Government to change its mind?

13th - 20th January 2023

With the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak recently introducing a new policy around maths education, our voters considered the impact of government policy U-turns. They discussed whether people feel positively or negatively about the government changing its mind and explored reasons why the government might do so.

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Should everyone be able to vote at 16?

04th-11th November 2022

To celebrate the events taking place as part of UK Parliament Week this month, our voters explored a significant issue of their own. They considered whether the current voting age for general elections and English and Northern Irish local elections should be lowered from 18 to 16. Interestingly, local Scottish and Welsh elections have a voting age of 16 already in place.

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Number 10 Downing Street

Is it a good time to become Prime Minister?

09th - 16th September 2022

With Liz Truss’s recent move to Prime Minister and following Boris Johnson’s resignation, our voters explored the role of PM and what it entails, particularly given the current political climate. They considered concerns such as the cost of living crisis, war, the aftermath of the pandemic and whether being the Prime Minister throughout this presented itself as more of an opportunity or burden.

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