26 Apr 2005

French Polynesia youth pessimistic about future

2:48 pm on 26 April 2005

A survey in French Polynesia has found that about 60 percent of young people say they are not optimistic about the future.

The poll was carried out by the Louis Harris institute on behalf of the local daily, Les Nouvelles de Tahiti, and French network RFO's local television channel.

It shows most of those polled are concerned about their future because they find it hard to find a job, saying life today is not as easy as it used to be.

Other concerns expressed by the poll's participants include increasing tensions within the family and mounting drug issues.

The poll shows that younger politicians, such as Reynald Temarii and Nicole Bouteau, enjoy twice the support of veteran leaders, such as Gaston Flosse and Oscar Temaru.

About half of French Polynesia's population is under the age of 25.