CIRCLE co-led qualitative and quantitative studies that found a complex relationship between social movements and electoral engagement.
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.
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.
The youth-led movement against gun violence has focused on voter registration, which may help increase the electoral engagement of the youngest eligible voters.
Our pre-election poll finds that young people who engage in political activity online are also more likely to engage in person.
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.