For about three years, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been conducting a survey of around 10,000 young people ranging in age from 15 to 25. The survey encompasses five areas of focus: youth and participation; youth, identity and the values scale; youth and development; youth and the information society; and youth and the Tunisia of tomorrow.
Some of the numbers that came out of this study are very interesting:
– More than 72% of respondents said they refuse to engage in politics or join political and social parties.
– Only 16% said they belong to NGOs.
– Only 9% follow domestic media regularly, while 22% do not follow it at all.
– 92% of Tunisian young people reject religious extremism, and they regard the religion they identify with to be “the Islam of moderation and the middle way”.
– 59% were optimistic about the future.
– 69% refuse to work within the short-term contract system.
– More than 71% of respondents view their physical health as good, but 81% say they find it hard to practice sports due to limited time and insufficient areas designated for sports.
– Only 13.7% said they have good knowledge of the Internet.
Another study, the results of which were published by the National Office for the Family and Population, produced some equally interesting numbers:
– Aversion to marriage has risen to 65% in 2006, as compared to 35.9% in 2001.
– The percentage of single women rose from 80% in 2001 to 85% in 2006 within the 15 to 29-year-old age group, and from 16% to 20% during the same period within the 30 to 49-year-old age group.