The aim of this report is to analyse some information about how politics and politicians are seen in today’s society. The information was gathered from a group of 18 students aged 18-38 at Mieres EOI. Interviews were conducted by written questionnaires, posted in the school’s blog, and all of them analysed attending to their age and gender.
The first part of the survey dealt with a general vision of politics and politicians in relation with their interest in politics and people’s confidence in politicians. About 70% of the students said that they were not interested in politics without any difference between genders. The vast majority of peopled interviewed also reported that they had not much confidence in politicians. Only one of the students said that he felt “some” confidence in our public representatives. Consequently is not very surprising that only one of the interviewees belonged to a political party.
Almost all the people interviewed said that politicians are not worried enough about people’s problems. People are generally convinced that politicians are only worried about themselves forgetting which their real purpose is. Surprisingly the only people who agreed that politicians worried about our problems were women and all of them said that facing these social and political problems must not be an easy job.
Many of the people interviewed said that the main problem in our society is terrorism, followed by unemployment, although a lot of people reported that they didn’t see any preference and they considered all the problems with the same importance. It was generally agreed that politicians are not doing enough to solve these problems, just a very small number of these people felt that the political situation is very hard and all these problems are very difficult to solve.
The vast majority of students interviewed said that the most important characteristic in a politician must be honesty. They prefer an honest, committed and hard-working politician, to a friendly and ambitious person. Surprisingly, most of the women interviewed thought that a committed politician would be better than a hard-working one, and only one of them put hard-working as the main characteristic for a good politician.
In conclusion the survey suggests that there is a huge distrust in our politicians and in our political system. Young people are not involved in politics, and they show complete disagreement with modern politicians. It also appears that there is a big gap between political views and the real situation. It’s generally thought that modern politicians are only interested in their own success, without paying enough attention to the real problems of the people. Can this situation be profitable for our system? I don’t think so.