Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 145

President Boris Yeltsin welcomed the idea of holding a youth meeting in Moscow on December 12, according to aides. (10) Several recent polls show young people (17-35) hold opinions decidedly more favorable toward a market economy, civil liberties, the West and the United States than parents (55-64), and, especially, grandparents (65 and above). Youth could thus be potentially strong supporter of reform candidates in this month’s elections. But the young vote would need to be mobilized, considering that but fewer than 20 percent of the young people cast ballots in the last election two years ago. (See, e.g., Poll for International Foundation for Electoral Systems, July, 1995)

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