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  Young people 'don't care about voting'
Updated 27 September 2002, 07.46
Kids
Most children and teenagers don't care about politics or their right to vote, according to a survey we carried out with the government.

More than 400 of you voted in the poll on CBBC Newsround Online, to mark the fact that Citizenship's now part of your national curriculum.

And the results were quite surprising.

  • Only 22% of you wanted to learn about voting!
  • Just 28% cared about local and national government.
  • And only 27% of you said you would care if the right to vote was taken away.


Howie Watkins from the Really Wild Show
You said helping others, obeying the law and working hard were all more important than being active in politics.

  Click here for the full results

But you WOULD care about losing lots of other rights.

The things you'd most hate to lose are:

  • the right to feel safe
  • the right to see a doctor when you're sick
  • the right to be treated equally whether you're male or female

Really wild start

To mark the start of Citizenship, eight schools had a well-known celeb at their first lesson.

  Click for pictures of the new subject

Howie Watkins of the Really Wild Show went to a classroom in Somerset. Kids from the school he visited will show a film about their day at the Citizenship launch event.

CBBC Newsround Online carried out the poll with the Department of Education and Skills.

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