We estimate that young people turned out at a higher rate in 2020 than in 2016, and their impact—especially youth of color's overwhelming support for Biden—was decisive in key races across the country.
In every state we're tracking, the youth share of the early vote is higher than in 2016, and in eight states youth have already cast more votes than the 2016 presidential margin of victory.
The former Vice President lost the youth vote to Bernie Sanders by double digits, suggesting he still has work to do to appeal to young voters.
Youth turnout increased in Missouri and Mississippi compared to previous years with just one party holding competitive primaries
Explore CIRCLE's data and analysis on youth participation in the Super Tuesday contests, including exclusive estimates of youth voter turnout.
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.
While turnout was low, 1 in 6 caucusgoers was a young voter, and their decisive preference for Bernie Sanders helped propel him to a big victory.
Our exclusive analysis finds that 19% of youth voted in the New Hampshire Democratic primary and that their choices shaped the results.
Nearly 1 in 4 Iowa caucusgoers was under age 30, and their strong preference for Senator Sanders propelled him toward a top finish.
Young people's turnout was comparable to rates of youth participation in recent years