Young voters and political participation in Indonesia: Revisiting a marriage gap

Iim Halimatusa'diyah, Ella Prihatini

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Objectives: This article responds to an understudied question on how does marital status make a difference in terms of voter turnout among young people in the Muslim world. Methods: The article draws on the 2010 Muslim Youth Survey and focus on 1127 respondents aged between 15 and 25 in Indonesia. Using binominal logistic regression analysis, it seeks to examine how marital status affects Indonesian young people’s voting behaviour in three types of elections held in 2009: legislative, presidential, and regional. Results: The finding confirms that married young individuals are more likely to vote than those who are not married. However, the marriage gap only exists in the legislative and presidential elections as the impact of marital status diminishes in regional elections. Conclusion: This paper contributes to the literature by examining how the marriage gap in politics does not only occur in post-industrialized and developed countries. Also, regional election systematically prevents young voters to participate as the ballot sheets are only available in respective jurisdiction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2552-2564
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Science Quarterly
Issue number6
Early online date1 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


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