Research Journal of Applied Sciences

Year: 2015
Volume: 10
Issue: 5
Page No. 176 - 180

Does Policies Matter in Voting Behaviour: Findings from Selected University Students in Malaysia

Authors : Sivamurugan Pandian

Abstract: The Malaysian’s 13th General Elections which took place on the 5th of May 2013 saw much decisive force exploding from the youth, determining the outcome in their favour. It has become a norm in all democracies around the world that the youth now become a force to be reckoned with in the political arena. In Southeast Asia, it can be observed taking place in countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar and Cambodia. In Malaysia, the majority of young voters are usually first time voters and below the age of 30. They also make up a large portion of the ‘gray area voters’ or more fondly known as the ‘fence sitters’. This study shall seek to decipher the perceptions university students have on the implementation of government policies and how their voting behaviours correspond to such predispositions via a structured questionnaire followed by statistical interpretation. The dimensions that would be scrutinized include the issues that directly concerns them, voting factors, media influence, social media prevalence and the popularity element of the candidates involved.

How to cite this article:

Sivamurugan Pandian , 2015. Does Policies Matter in Voting Behaviour: Findings from Selected University Students in Malaysia. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 10: 176-180.

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