The Youth Vote Can Have A Powerful Impact, Making Or Breaking A Politician 's Election Campaign
United States President Barack Obama secured more than 60 per cent of the youth vote when he first won the presidency in 2008. Ms Tsai Ing-wen, who won February 's Taiwanese presidential election, rode on young people 's political and economic frustrations.
Young voters played an important role too in Singapore 's general election (GE) last year, which saw the People 's Action Party gain an almost 10-percentage-point increase in its overall vote share from the 2011 election. At the post-GE press conference on Sept 12, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: "I wholeheartedly thank voters of all backgrounds, races - without your support, we wouldn 't have such a good result. We also successfully got many young voters ' support."
Studies from around the world have established that social media is the main medium - the go-to source - for youth to learn about elections.
In January this year, the Pew Research Centre found that 61 per cent of respondents in the 18- to 29-year-old age group learnt about the 2016 US presidential election from social media. In Taiwan, a recent study by Shih Hsin University showed that more than 70 per cent of college students got their news from the Internet and only 20 per cent relied on television.
The youth vote can have the impact of making or breaking a politician 's election campaign. In Singapore, young voters played an important role in the…