Youth vote in the United StatesUploader: Nikogrel 2 month ago Subscribe 7
Kawashima-Ginsberg has studied changes in voter turnout over time - by looking at how millennial turnout compares to Generation X and Baby Boomers when they were young essentially the same age as the current millennials , and she doesn't see a huge difference — it seems young people when they're young tend to be lax voters. But, at the same time — young voters seem to be leaning left more than before, according to John Della Volpe, the director of polling at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. The discouraged youth complete the cycle of neglect by not turning out to vote, proving to candidates they the youth are not a reliable voting group. A primary reason -- although not the only one -- is that people like to think of themselves in a favorable light within social norms, in this case presenting themselves as voters even if they did not vote. In the election, voters between the ages of made up just 19 percent of the electorate — that's HALF the share of the Baby Boomer voting bloc who were 38 percent of the electorate.