Teens’ Top Election Concerns –

Though they are not yet eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election, teens have strong opinions on election concerns they think are important.

If they were able to vote, 73% of teens would be most concerned with jobs, according to a Junior Achievement survey of 753 U.S. teens ages 14-17. The second largest concern was the economy at 72%, followed by education at 64%.

The survey also found that 66% of teens are concerned about finding a job after graduation, and 57% think the candidates are more concerned with politics and winning than listening to the needs of people and shaping their ideas and policies accordingly.

Additionally, more teen girls than boys (70% compared to 59%) are concerned about education, and more teen girls than boys (71% compared to 61%) are concerned about finding a job after completing their education.

The economy was also ranked the most important issue by the majority of college students in a separate poll conducted by OnCampus Research.

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization whose programs provide relevant, hands-on experience that gives young students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

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