While contact from campaigns surged, too many young people remained left out, undermobilized, and underrepresented in the electorate.
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A majority of young people paid attention to the Parkland school shooting, and supporters of the movement were more likely to participate in the election.
Because of their immense reach and potential to reach a broad range of young people, social media played a crucial role in the 2018 midterm elections cycle.
Across several highly competitive statewide elections, Democratic candidates performed better in counties with a high proportion of young people—especially youth of color.
Our day-after estimate found that 31% of young people cast ballots in the 2018 midterms, overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates
In 2014 and 2016, the youth vote choice captured by exit polls diverged slightly from subsequent survey findings.
During election cycles, local media can play a crucial role informing young people and advancing their development as participants in democracy.
Only 56% of young people, ages 18-24, choose to affiliate with the Democratic or Republican parties.
Our pre-election poll finds that young people who engage in political activity online are also more likely to engage in person.