Findings from in-depth qualitative research with members of the public around attitudes to voting in elections and views and experiences of wider civic engagement.
The overall aim of the research was to understand how best to engage with newly enfranchised groups of voters in devolved elections in Wales – and those who are already entitled to vote but are politically disengaged – to inform these groups of their rights and promote democratic participation and engagement.
- Younger people and foreign nationals were more likely than disengaged adults to show an interest in voting in local elections.
- A lack of knowledge, finding politics confusing and unappealing and general disillusionment were key engagement barriers.
- Foreign nationals were sometimes uncertain about voting rights for different elections in the UK.
- Participants cared about the communities in which they lived but it tended to be unclear how to raise an issue.
- Knowing more, feeling listened to, and knowing participation can make a difference were key themes from participants’ suggestions for improving engagement.
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