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Majority against lowering voting age to 16, survey suggests

Close to 60 percent of polled Finnish residents were opposed to the idea.

Henkilö tiputtaa äänestyslipukkeen vaaliuurnaan.
Casting a vote in the 2019 parliamentary elections. Image: Joni Tammela / Yle

Only about a quarter of the Finnish population is in support of lowering the voting age in Finland to 16 years of age, according to a recent survey. The Municipal Development Foundation-commissioned poll found that 27 percent of respondents approved of the voting age change, while 59 percent were against the idea.

Even young people themselves seemed to be in opposition, as 56 percent of the 18 to 30-year-olds that responded to the survey were not in favour of the measure. Among students, support for dropping the eligible voting age by two years was gauged at 40 percent.

For survey respondents over 60, the percentage of people in opposition to a lower voting age rose to four-fifths.

The survey found that political party affiliation had little influence on the participants' views on the subject, as the clear majority of respondents were opposed to lowering the voting age across the political spectrum.

The survey was carried out in September by pollster Kantar TNS, with 1,127 people participating. The margin of error with regard to the results is at most three percentage points in either direction.

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