Fixing the future: the attitudes of young adults

Anvar Sarygulov

July 2019

Political divisions by age reflect growing social divisions – on attitudes and experiences – by age. It has been argued that today’s ‘millennials’ (the generation enjoying their childhood and adolescence at the turn of the century) are a “jilted generation”, locked out of the housing market, enduring insecure and low-paid employment, and facing record levels of debt thanks in part to rising tuition fees. The challenges faced by young adults are not simply economic, but cultural and political too. There is evidence that suggests mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety, are rising. Young adults are also experiencing a more polarised and turbulent political environment. We have conducted public polling providing a snapshot of the attitudes of young adults towards public policy, political outlook, the Conservative Party and the state of Britain.

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