Unemployed get more sympathy from young British men than young British women

Cross-party think tank Demos found that 52 per cent of women felt British citizens should take more responsibility

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Young women are more sceptical when it comes to state welfare than young men, a study has found.

More than half of women aged 18-25 who took part said that they believed people who are unemployed should have to take any job available, or lose their unemployment benefit. This was in comparison to 44 per cent of men.

Cross-party think tank Demos surveyed 1,000 people ahead of the 2015 general election, and found that 52 per cent of women felt British citizens should take more responsibility when it comes to providing for themselves.

Charlie Cadywould, one of the report’s co-authors, said that although young people typically hold left-wing views, the results of the survey suggested that some women have views that would be more associated with the right.

The issues affecting young women were found to be the future of the NHS, living costs, care for the elderly, and unemployment, while men were more concerned about the gap between rich and the poor, and the state of public finances in Britain.


"There is disillusionment about employment, particularly among young women," he told The Independent, suggesting that this was partly to do with the media’s portrayal of people on benefits.

"Young people we spoke to were very aware of that media portrayal of people on welfare… there was a sense that the narrative around people on benefits was slightly overplayed."

However Cadywould cited research that showed women are more likely to being actively involved in social movement such as charities and campaigns.

He said that diversity in politics was a matter of particular concern among young people, "particularly over the lack of women MPS".

38 per cent of women in the survey said that they would be more likely to vote if there were more women MPs.