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Wanted: Young minds to crank up economy

india Updated: Apr 16, 2009 01:27 IST
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Young Mumbai’s biggest concern is the economic slowdown, and it believes that younger politicians are most likely to lead them out of this crisis.

With Mumbai going to the polls in two weeks, Hindustan Times conducted a survey of people between 18 and 35 years of age. Around one-third of Mumbai’s voters fall in this age group, and this one-third is keen to cast its vote and make a difference. That an overwhelming 1.5 lakh first-time voters (18 and above) registered in Mumbai when NGO Janaagraha conducted a voter registration campaign called Jago Re proves this point. Only 8,654 young voters registered in Kolkata.

The verdict of the Hindustan Times-C fore survey, carried out across all six of Mumbai’s constituencies as well as neighbouring Thane, reveals that 63 per cent of the respondents want MPs who are between 30 and 45 years old. In all, 79 per cent of the 1,400 respondents want their MPs to be below 45; 84 per cent wants MPs to retire when they are 65 years old.

More than security, the biggest worry for these Mumbaiites is the economic slowdown, the survey indicates, this despite the 26/11 terror attack, with 45 per cent marking it as their top-of-the-mind concern. These young professionals, who had benefited from the boom in India’s economy, make up the majority of the segment surveyed.

It’s not merely the young.

These results are similar to the survey carried out across all age groups and published in the March 19 edition, just after the election dates were announced. In the March survey, 35 per cent of the 1,400 respondents had said that economy was the big issue. Security concerns stood second at 31 per cent; for younger voters in this survey it’s at 29 per cent.

In South Mumbai too, at the very heart of the terrorist attacks, 48 per cent are worried about the slowdown; 34 per cent are about security issues.

The majority of the respondents – 57 per cent – said they would definitely step out and vote.