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Despair Drives Young Swing Voters in South Korean Election

  • Young people rise as key target in close race over economy
  • ‘No more hope’ as asset inequality thwarts social mobility

Young voters feeling left behind by runaway home prices and anemic wage growth are set to become the decisive force in South Korea’s presidential elections on Wednesday.

Financially battered by the pandemic, people in their 20s and 30s have emerged as the biggest block of swing voters in the race with fewer precedents for how they will vote compared with older generations in the world’s fastest-aging nation.