Political communication, social media, television, political information, youth

Political science and area studies

This article explores the current problems of political communication among students. Today’s youth uses the internet and social media for political information very actively. In order to reveal the specifics of political communication among young people, the author has conducted a representative survey of students in St. Petersburg. The survey sample covers 400 respondents from 45 universities of St. Petersburg, Russia. The author applies Pearson’s chi-squared test for dependencies analyzes between variables. The study showed that 71 % of respondents are interested in political information, while television has lost status as a leading channel of communication among the students. The most important conclusion of the study is a statistically significant assumption that there is a relationship between trust in television and general interest in political information, whereas a connection between trust in social media as a communication channel and political interests were not found.