Politics conversation questions

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These are conversation questions about politics . See our article on conversation questions for suggestions about using them in class and other resources on the net.

The questions

  • Is politics important to you?
  • Do you enjoy debating politics?
  • Do you think people’s political views change over their lifetime? Have your views changed much? (You don’t need to say what they are – only if they have changed.)
  • Do you think too much money is spent on campaigns? Where does the money come from in your country?
  • In the US and sometimes in the UK actors or actresses get involved in politics. Does this happen in your country? Would it be a good idea? Are there any entertainers you’d like to see in power?
  • Would you like to work in politics?
  • Should religious organisations have a say in politics?
  • Newspapers typically have many pages about politics. Do you read them? do you think many people red them?
  • Do you think that politicians are, in general, honest? At a guess, what percentage of politicians are corrupt?
  • What qualities make a good political leader?

Voting

  • Did you vote in the last election? Are you going to vote in the next one?
  • Do you vote positively – for a candidate, negatively – against a candidate, tactically – for the party which has the best chance of beating the candidate you like least?
  • How old were you when you first voted?
  • What is the minimum voting age in your country? Should it be higher or lower?
  • How do you decide how you will vote? Do you listen to all the arguments and then decide. Do you always vote for the same party? Do you toss a coin?
  • Do you know the name of your representative in local and national government?
  • How long is the term of elected officials in your country?
  • How could more people be persuaded to vote?
  • Is voting a important responsibility of a citizen? Should it be legally required?