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Youth in Politics: What Do They Offer?

This year has seen the emergence of the first generation of millennial politicians grabbing attention globally. Pete Buttigieg has attracted attention in the 2020 US Presidential race; Future Forward Party performed above expectations in the Thai elections and 30-years old Delhi politician, Raghav Chadha, has made waves in the Indian election campaign. 

With a new generation of political actors also emerging in Singapore, we asked Singaporeans what they think young political leaders can offer that older politicians are not able to. The top three findings identified are fresh ideas and innovative solutions (46%), an understanding of the digital economy (41%) and energy and vitality (39%).

Education (14%) and progressive attitudes (23%) ranked much lower as advantages. 

Photo of Pete Buttigieg speaking at a fundraiser in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Lorie Shaull