First-time voters in the 2020 general election feel an urgent need for reassurance about their future, but have no faith in any current politicians to offer it, according to new research for the Edelman Trust Barometer.
The study shows that the 1,000 16 to 18-year-olds surveyed fret about their place in a world that is changing too fast for their comfort. It paints a picture of an angst-ridden generation, worried about their chances of success in adult life.
While the national survey shows that tomorrow’s adults are alarmed by the legacy of Brexit, and agonise about their financial security, they are distrusting of all institutions to do what is right for their future.
We brought together a panel of 16-18-year-olds, representing all UK regions, to hear their concerns, frustrations and challenges about the future. Ed Williams, CEO of Edelman UK and former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, also joined the panel to provide their perspectives.