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Latino Daily News

Monday January 13, 2014

STUDY:  Overwhelming Majority of Argentines are Politically Active and Engaged

Argentine society is highly politicized, with six out of every 10 citizens taking part in a political event last year, and four out of every 10 being active members or sympathizing with some political party, according to a survey published Monday.

The survey, carried out by Flacso and Ibarometro, identifies the groups with the greatest interest in politics as men, 71.7 percent; college students, 84.6 percent; and people between the ages of 18 and 30, 69.4 percent.

The numbers taking part in political youth movements led the government to lower the voting age to 16, a measure applied for the first time in the primaries of Aug. 11, 2013.

Two-thirds of Argentines frequently discuss politics with friends and family, though the interest is livelier among supporters of President Cristina Fernandez.

Nearly 71 percent of Fernandez’s partisans say they devote time and effort to convincing family and friends to share their point of view, compared with 58.4 percent of government opponents.

Nonetheless, the difference between those concerned very much or quite a lot about how the government is doing, and those interested very little or not at all, is very small: 50.5 percent vs. 46.9 percent.

Argentines are not fed up with politics, since 44.4 percent believe that citizens influence the government in the actions it takes, something that is rejected by only 38.3 percent.

Furthermore, Argentine politicians escape one of the usual criticisms of elected officials and those seeking office - “they are all the same” - an opinion shared by only 36.3 percent of respondents, while 57 percent believe substantial differences exist between parties and candidates.

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