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Irish teenagers are among the most politically aware in the world


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A recent survey places Irish teenagers seven out of 36 when it comes to their knowledge of politics in Ireland.

The survey, conducted in high-schools throughout Ireland, resulted in an average 14-year-old knowing more about politics in Ireland than other countries throughout the world.

The survey also revealed that more than half of the teenagers said they did not have faith in the Irish government or trust the media.

Ireland came in after Finland, Denmark, the Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Sweden and Poland.

High school students in the Dominican Republic came last in their knowledge of their country's politics.

However, despite scoring well overall, 10 per cent of Irish students recorded results below the lowest proficiency level.

The average score of students in social and political knowledge came in at the international average, a 50 score.

87 percent of those surveyed said they would vote when old enough.

Only half of the students said they trusted the Irish government, compared to the international average of 62 percent.

30 percent of Irish students reported that their parents were “very interested” in politics, higher than the international average of 23 per cent.

23 countries also participated in a survey testing students knowledge of the European Union.

Ireland was one of these.

87 percent of those surveyed could identify the EU flag and 99 percent knew that Ireland was a member of the European Union.

Only 56 percent knew how many EU member states there were.


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