The poll is one in a series called Youth Political Pulse that is asking people ages 15 to 34 — who, by the way, will all be able to vote by 2020 — about how their view of politics has changed. Since President Trump's election, respondents said they are questioning the media, paying attention to politics, having conversations about race and gender issues, and engaging in political activism. … [Read more...] about Poll: Young people are now more engaged with political, social issues
Why young people should vote
“For the first six years in office he made some attempt to keep the legislature from spending every penny that has come into the state’s coffers.In his last two years his actions have undermined the fiscal discipline by significant additions to the state’s baseline spending, creating the potential for fiscal calamity, and setting up the same set of circumstances that the state faced in 2001 and 2008. California is in desperate need of revenue and spending reform. The state revenue structure is now far more volatile than when he entered office and remains overly dependent on the economic performance and revenue flow from a single region of the state, the San Francisco Bay area.In four separate actions, he has very seriously compromised the public safety of Californians. Whatever his explanation and good intentions, these actions will result in a continuing increase of violent crime as well as property crimes.” … [Read more...] about Blue wave? First clues coming in + Will young people turn out?
37 percent of Americans under 30 will "definitely" be voting; 51 percent of young Democrats will "definitely" be voting; 36 percent of young Republicans will "definitely" be voting. At this point in 2014, only 28 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans said they would "definitely" be voting. … [Read more...] about Poll: Far More Young Dems Plan to Vote Than Young GOPers
That bit of data overlaps with a number of other reports, both anecdotal and substantive. In poll after poll, Democrats report being more energized about the midterm elections. In report after report, young people have described being energized, many as a result of gun-control activism that emerged after the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February. In California, more than 100,000 youths under 18 have preregistered to vote, allowing them to be official voters as soon as they turn 18. … [Read more...] about Young people say they plan on voting in November — but they usually don’t
The recent rise in political engagement is particularly apparent among Americans ages 15 to 22, a group that includes teenagers who will be eligible to vote in a presidential election for the first time in 2020. The poll found that 48 percent now think they can have at least some effect on the government, after just 33 percent felt that way in March. … [Read more...] about Young People Feel More Politically Empowered: Poll