Study shows young american election enthusiasm declining in midterm

POSTED: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 3:10pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

WACO-- Politicians in Central Texas have been rallying, trying to fire up young people to get out and vote. However,  results from Harvard's Institute of Politics show a decline in interests of 18 to 29 year-olds in the midterm elections.

Young Americans, ages 18 to 29, are what political experts call casual voters. They're unlike habitual voters because they invest most their time in Presidential elections, instead of midterms.

One 22 year-old voter, Chris Creech, says he see the importance, but some young people don't have as much at stake at their age to take the time to vote. "It's really important that if you wish to have your opinion voiced, you should actually go out and voice your opinion, not just talk to your friends about what you think," says Creech.
18 to 29 year olds are a critical group for the political party they are favoring at the time.

Political experts say candidates who have the demographic of young voters on their side will have an advantage in Nov, if they come out and vote. That's because the numbers of the group show a solid majority in favor of one party.

Right now, Harvard's study shows that party is the Democrat party, with 53 percent of young Americans preferring a Democrat-run Congress. Looking at national figures given by a Gallup poll, that's not the case, with Republicans leading Democrats 48 percent to 43 percent, among likely voters.

Baylor Political Science Professor, Dr. Patrick Flavin, says, "You look at it as a failure among democratic politicians to capitalize on that and try to keep young voters involved in the process." Some candidates may have tried to keep up the momentum for young Americans going in the midterm election, but according to the study, the proportion of Millenials, people ages 18 to 29, considering themselves as politically engaged is only 18 percent. A six point drop from last year.


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