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Sunday, 1 April, 2001, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
Apathy - Will you vote?
Peter Gould on apathy and the general election
BBC News Online's correspondent Peter Gould looks at the problem of apathy and politics.

Apathy

As a nation do we care about politics? How many of us exercise our democratic right to vote?

Are you even registered to vote, do you feel disenfranchised, why should you bother voting?

Liverpool Riverside had the lowest turnout in the UK at the last general election. Just over half of those entitled to vote actually went to the polls. There are a variety of reasons why people don't cast their vote.

The two main reasons are feeling the gap is so large between the parties that your vote doesn't matter or that there is no real difference between the parties and their policies.

Peter Gould has been to the constituency of Liverpool Riverside to examine the problem of voter apathy.

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