Election, emojis, aliens: here’s what YOU say

Teen spirit: The Day’s readers are generally aged between 11 and 18.

Do teenagers know best? Each term, The Day runs daily polls to find out what you think about everything — from politics to the rights of plants, to the Loch Ness monster. What did you have to say?

He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice...

Or is he? Not according to the 91% of you who think that parents shouldn’t lie to their children about Father Christmas.

In fact, The Day’s readers are struggling to decide where to buy presents this year. Just under half (48%) of you are boycotting Amazon.

This was not the only time you supported direct action. Back in October, 91% of you thought that the England football team should have walked off the pitch after receiving racist abuse during the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The UK’s general election is at last finished, but only 26% of you are happy about the result. This figure reflects the generational gap seen in last Thursday’s vote, when 21% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted for the Conservatives versus 67% of those aged over 70. And 84% of you think that Russia meddled in the election campaign.

It was also the year that Emma Watson declared herself “self-partnered”, but The Day’s readers are old-fashioned romantics. A huge 84% of you think that traditional romantic relationships are here to stay.

Looking to the stars, 91% of you think we will never find life on Mars. Time to cast our search wider: 88% of you think distant planets are worth exploring.

Do young people know best?

“People underestimate the power of a young mind that is new to everything and experiencing for the first time,” 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish told NME earlier this year. “We’re being ignored and it’s so dumb. We know everything.”

But adults might disagree. Take banning plastic, for example. It may sound good but, in reality, it will be extremely difficult to carry out. It could seriously damage a lot of businesses, putting jobs at risk and causing chaos. As you get older, you learn how complicated life is and that change takes time.

You Decide

  1. Is the majority always right?


  1. Choose the three results that you find the most surprising. Talk about your decisions in pairs.

Some People Say...

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894), US physician and poet

What do you think?

Q & A

What do we know?
After the horrors of the London Bridge attack, carried out by a released terrorist who was fought off by another released prisoner, 58% of you think that prisoners should get early release.
What do we not know?
Some great mysteries remain, but The Day’s readers are open to the supernatural. Two-thirds of you believe there is a great monster lurking beneath the surface of Scotland’s Loch Ness.

Word Watch

When you refuse to buy goods from a company or country as punishment or protest.
Direct action
The use of strikes and other forms of public protest to achieve your demands.
Racist abuse
When England beat Bulgaria 6-0, play was halted twice in response to the behaviour of hooded Bulgaria fans, who performed Nazi salutes and shouted monkey chants at black players, including defender Tyrone Mings.
According to YouGov.

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