Youth electoral participation in 2020 was high and could be even higher if we support young people, who have varied priorities for the new administration.
Campaigns are leaving millions of votes on the table by not engaging young people, who often face challenges to electoral participation.
We estimate that 52%-55% of youth voted in 2020, and their impact—especially youth of color's overwhelming support for Biden—was decisive in key races across the country.
Data shows that, in recent presidential elections, young people made up their minds about who to vote for later than older voters.
Young women of color overwhelmingly disapprove of President Trump, but most disapprove of Joe Biden too even as they plan to vote for him.
This is part of our Youth Expertise Series, in which young people use their experiences to write about how we can improve youth civic engagement and civic life.
Young Asian Americans have historically voted at lower rates, but our polling reveals signs of increasing civic participation
Affected by COVID but Undermobilized in the Election: GOP Has Opportunity to Retain Conservative Youth
With past margins extremely close, a potentially influential percentage of previous Trump/GOP young voters have moved away from the President.
Young people in America have been hit hard by COVID-19, but they're taking action to help their communities and it's influencing their political views and engagement.