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WHO SAID Youth Would Vote In Higher Numbers In 2018?

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They Did!!!

November 9, 2018


"Democratic activists, many of them young people themselves, worked diligently the past few months to spur a big showing for the 2018 elections by youthful voters. And there was much discussion by pundits and others about how this time, unlike in past years, maybe the nation’s 18-29 year olds would cast ballots at a level much closer to that of older Americans. Many veteran election observers, though hopeful, responded to such talk with some version of I’ll-believe-it-when-I see-it.


As it turns out, seeing is believing. Thirty-one percent of 18-29 year olds did vote in the midterms this year, according to an exit poll analysis from Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). That may not seem so great considering that an estimated 48.1 percent of eligible Americans voted this year. But in the 2014 midterms, only 20 percent of the youth cohort cast ballots. Ever since 18-20 year olds got the vote, the only time young voters have previously exceeded the 30 percent level in a midterm election was 1982.


Not only that, 67 percent of young voters supported Democrats, the highest percentage ever and well above the 60 percent who backed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. The highest turnout of young voters in a presidential election55.4 percent—came in 1972, the first year that 18 year olds could vote. In 2016, just 46.1 percent of young voters cast ballots."





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