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Ethnographic Study of Voting Behaviour of Youth (Part-14)

Ethnographic Study of Voting Behaviour of Youth (Part-14)

1.1            Protagonist of parents and the response

The two most important influences on the development of an adult’s political orientation are his parents’ political tendencies and the pressures of society during the time he enters the electorate. Focusing on the first factor, previous studies have shown that if a parent is socially and fiscally conservative, and register republican, then there is more of a chance that her son is going to share the same political beliefs and belong to the same party.  This, however, does not explain why young people are not going to the polls.

Voting is the main issue today with young people in the political sphere, not whether they are registered with the same party as their parents or share the same political ideology.

(Gross, 2007, p.3)

1.1.1    Result 1

During research the researcher found that 39% of Youth respondents were strongly agreed about the influence of parents in exercising the right to vote. Their views were different as compared to other groups of the sample for the same question regarding the research topic. They were confidant to follow and obey the instructions of their parents in exercising their right to cast vote for agreed specific party.

1.1.1.1  Case study 11

Mr. Hamdam was a 35 years old post graduate. He was living in the Sector G-11. He was doing his job in a private organization. He believed that children must obey the wishes of their parents. His point was to follow the parents never led to any harm in the future. He said, “Parents are the main source of guidance and perfection in the life.”

He claimed that his parents loved him a lot and gave him the right ways of life in the society. They had respect and name in the society. He said that it’s his responsibility to accept the decisions of his parents with open heart. He said, “One should follow his parents in life.”

He was stick to his parents in political activities. He said that his parents gave him excellent education, and a good job. The contributions of his parents were very influencing in his voting behaviour. When he was asked that which party could be his preference, he smiled and told that it depended upon his parents. Parents had better and pure experience about the society.

The researcher concluded that the respondent was dependent upon his parent’s decision in respect of political activities. He didn’t want to circumvent his parent’s decisions.

1.1.2    Result 2

The results of 2nd group of young people were 56% who were strongly disagreed about the influence of parents in voting behaviour of Youth. Their views were different as compared to other groups of the sample for the same question regarding the research topic.

1.1.2.1  Case study 12

Madam Arooj was living in the sector G-11, Islamabad. She was very sober girl of 23 years. She was unmarried. She was against the parents influence in making political decisions. She said that it was her independent right. She never be influenced or forced by her parents in making the decision. It’s up to her own thoughts to vote any political party.

She said that her parents had given her best education to think about right and wrong. She was able to understand the political issues and problems of her country. She said that vote should be neutral and independent in its matter of casting. She shared that her observation about the current situations of country were sufficient for her. Vote should be independent and free from coercion and any external influence.

1.1.3    Result 3

The results of 3rd group of young people were 5% who were not sure about the influence of parents in voting behaviour. Their views were different as compared to other groups of the sample for the same question regarding the research topic.

1.1.3.1  Case study 13

Mr. Akram was a young man. He was running his hotel in Islamabad. His age was 28 years. He passed matric in 2001 as a private candidate. He was doing his business with his father. He left study after matric. He was not aware of the political issues. He just said that he wanted to earn money in his small hotel business.

He said that he had not practices to cast vote in any election because of his duty in the hotel. He had no time to go polling station for casting vote. He told that it’s wastage of time. The elites of the country were ruling this country. He said, “The feudal and elites are changing their faces to deceive the public for their interests.”

He was not sure about the influence of parents in the development of political thoughts in Youth. He said that money could influence the voting behaviour of every individual of the society.

Table 6. Indicates Impact of Parents and the Response

Question Response No. of

Respondents

Response in %age
Do parents influence the voting behaviour of youth? Strongly Agree- 39 39%
Strongly Disagree- 56 56%
Not Sure- 5 5%
Total 100 100%
  (Source: Field data during research)

1.2            Impact of autonomous response

1.2.1    Result 1

During research the researcher found that 84% of Youth respondents were strongly agreed to prefer their self-decisions in casting vote. Their views were different as compared to other groups of the sample for the same question regarding the research topic. They were confidant to follow and obey their self-decisions in exercising their right to cast vote for specific party.

1.2.2    Result 2

The results of 2nd group of young people were 11% who were strongly disagreed to prefer their self-decisions in casting vote. Their views were different as compared to other groups of the sample for the same question regarding the research topic

1.2.3    Result 3

The results of 3rd group of young people were 5% who were not sure to prefer their self-decisions in casting vote. Their views were different as compared to other groups of the sample for the same question regarding the research topic.

Table 7. Indicates Impact of Autonomous Response

Question Response No. of

Respondents

Response in % age
Do you give preference to your own decision in casting vote? Strongly Agree 84 84%
Strongly Disagree 11 11%
Not Sure 5 5%
Total 100 100%
  (Source: Field data during research)
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