Like their slightly older peers, youth ages 18-21 are active and engaged in civic life. Are the institutions that help them develop as voters doing their part?
In several states and districts in our Youth Electoral Significance Index, youth of color could be a decisive electoral force this November.
A CIRCLE survey of young people shows that youth engagement is higher than in 2016 and 2018, but access to information about registration and voting in an election during the pandemic may be an issue.
Data from CIRCLE polling shows that young women voted at higher rates than men in 2018, are more likely to support social movements and engage in activism, and feel prepared to participate in civic life.
Our analysis of which youth voted by mail in 2012 and 2016, how they did it, and why, can offer insights to those looking to expand the practice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CIRCLE research from the past two election cycles reveals that young White men vote differently and participate in civic activism at lower rates than their peers.
In four large, diverse states, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders performed very differently in counties with high proportions of Black youth and in those with high Latino youth.
8% of youth voted in South Carolina, and Joe Biden comfortably won the state’s primary despite Bernie Sanders winning the youth vote by a large margin.
Our exclusive poll also finds that campaign outreach in the state has gone mostly to those who have voted in primaries before, with even less outreach to Latinos than to White Texans
Our comprehensive survey of young people includes analysis of youth intention to vote, electoral outreach, and breakdowns by race/ethnicity and education.