Our Newhouse Director, Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, speaks on the 1A show about the state of civic education in the United States and how civics should impart the knowledge and skills to participate in democracy.
A 2018 poll found that young people ages 18 to 24 were three times more likely to have attended a march or demonstration than they were in 2016. The research also found that people who participated in offline activism were more likely to vote.
"We have seen two important election cycles in a row where young people have been leading," says Abby Kiesa, CIRCLE's deputy director.
"It is not remotely unusual for economic issues, debt, to be top of mind for young Republicans," said Abby Kiesa, who has been polling young Americans for over a decade and is the deputy director of CIRCLE.
The New York Times
In the 2020 presidential election, about half of Americans between the ages 18 and 29 voted, according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.
Young voters proved pivotal for Biden in key swing states with narrow margins of victory like Arizona, Georgia and Michigan, according to Tufts University’s Tisch College Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.
“In a 2020 when over half the people are submitting their ballots by mail, when people are talking about voting, they are going to be hearing from lots of different sources about voting by mail. We don’t know if that’s going to be the case in 2022,” said CIRCLE's Kelly Beadle.
"I hope that efforts like MTV will help to bring suites of online tools to young people so that they can essentially do all of this in one place—check their registration status, update their registration in the 41 states that allow you to do that online and then request an absentee ballot," said CIRCLE's Kelly Beadle