A few days before the second round, at the IUT de Béziers, six students relied on their perception of this presidential election. For them, abstention is not an option.
If there is one category of citizens that politicians are struggling to attract, it is young people. And especially the students. At the IUT de Béziers, at the forefront, many, however, are concerned about major social, social and ecological issues in particular. These young people will go to their respective polling stations this Sunday. Some to block the far right. Meeting with six of them.
1. Justine, student of Multimedia and Information Professions (MMI)
She went to the polls on April 10, intends to return this Sunday, and it is important for her to read the candidates’ program. “I wanted to see those who have actions that match my values, she details. But above all, I am more interested in ecology and economics, because there is always a crisis with Covid and the war in Ukraine, knowing how they want to manage it, and so on. And I think if everyone really looked at the programs, everyone would find ideas that fit. ” Voting is even more crucial, according to Justine, for “not to end a policy for five years that you will not like.”
2. Lucas, student of Communication Techniques (TC)
If any is reported through social media or news channels, for the 20-year-old student, it comes mainly from those around him. “I know he is not exemplary, but to inform me in politics is based on the opinion of my father who is mayor in the Aude”admits Lucas, who continues: “I really like the debates, especially when there is a ‘clash’ between the candidates”.
On the other hand, “The Macron-Le Pen debate shouldn’t make me change my mind … But I’m curious to hear what Marine Le Pen has to say.”
3. Clara, Social Career (CS) student
“For me, voting is very, very important”throws immediately before continuing that he “You have to reconnect with your power to act”. Clara also regrets the distance between society and the political world. However, on the lookout for political broadcasts, the young woman admits to having been influenced by the media. “My vote changed a week before the first roundshe says. On Sunday, I will vote. But this time, my vote will not change, regardless of the outcome of the debate, which I will obviously be watching.
Attached to social justice and ecology, she regrets the existence of parties “old-fashioned people who are no longer in harmony with young people”. According to her, this accentuates the distance with politics. Although “Macron knew how to embody” a form of novelty in politics “, said Clara.
4. Rachel, Multimedia and Information Professions (MMI) student
Interested in politics in general “,but especially for the presidential election“Rachel is trying to read all the programs. However, the young student admits that she has been late in the programs longer thanthey had their chances. I read more of the highly publicized politicians, because we will not lie, we already knew who would end up in the second round.“.
For her, important issues are not necessarily oriented, or at least limited to a field of action. They just need to be achievable and sustainable. “I read proposals that were … Well, we knew they couldn’t be made. What people need to understand today is that these elections have an impact in the coming years, beyond the five-year period.Rachel concludes.
5. Inès, Social Career (CS) student
Inès is involved in politics, but more in the presidential and legislative elections. “A few years ago, I certainly wouldn’t have been so interested in this field. But now, for all the issues that are as important as each other“, like ecology. Without hiding, Inès is formal:”We must block national concentration“.
Despite a five-year term that has not been “extraordinary“According to Emmanuel Macron, it is important for France to stay in the same direction.”I will never let Marine Le Pen’s far right come to power. I didn’t vote for Emmanuel Macron in the first round, but I could also tell you that tonight’s debate doesn’t matter to me, as I know my vote on Sunday will be a blocking vote.“.
6. Justin, Networking and Telecommunications (R&D) student
For Justin, who says he feels very uneasy about the presidential election. “security takes precedence over other issues“.”On Friday, one of my colleagues was attacked again in Montpellier. He was robbed of his school backpack, which contained mostly his computer. And it has to stop“He testified, a coffee in his hand. However, his vote is not final.”I’m going to vote for mood, like we’re doing a talent check“, mocks the student.
The rate of abstention among young people, seen by these students
The national abstention rate was 41% in the first round among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to an Ifop poll. Béziers IUT students are trying to justify this “fracture”. According to them, young people do not feel involved enough in the programs of the different candidates, be they twelve or two, which would lead 18-24 to not vote.
“There is blatant demotivation among young people, Clara testifies. This is also noticeable when we survey all students to answer questions. Those who are worried are in front of you, others are making a living.”
“It’s also tied to education, to real life,” adds Justine. “If our parents feel involved and talk about it regularly, we tend to do the same.”
“We need to study more politics”
Unanimously, students are confident that they should talk more about politics in their courses. “Without the teachers necessarily giving us their opinion on this or that politician, but it would be important for them to discuss it in class,” says Justine.
Clara and Inès say that “even during this presidential term, no teacher asked us to read or explain certain programs. While it would be essential to involve young people even more in politics in my opinion.”
Despite the new formats of political interviews, thanks to certain youtubers, who sometimes put the human side in favor of ideas, the gap seems to be important.