CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Youth Voting/Political Participation

This series of research products addresses: youth voting trends, recent Presidential & midterm primaries, caucuses and elections, voting laws, what works in getting out the vote (GOTV), and local political parties and youth.

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New National Youth Turnout Estimate: 28% of Young People Voted in 2018

We recently released estimates of 2018 midterm youth voter turnout in all 42 states for which  youth voting data are available in the voter files. Our analyses found that, in every single state, young people’s turnout rate increased compared to 2014. Based on the data from those 42 states (which represent 94% of the American Read More >

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May 30th, 2019
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Final Analysis of State-by-State Youth Voter Turnout Shows Increases Across the Country

Last month, CIRCLE released 2018 midterm youth turnout estimates for 34 states in two separate posts: here and here. Today, we are publishing youth turnout estimates for the last eight states for which reliable data are available[1]. Both individually and taken together, these turnout estimates confirm and add context to the overall trend of higher Read More >

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May 20th, 2019
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Youth Voting Rose in 2018 Despite Concerns over the State of American Democracy

After the 2016 presidential election, we found that youth were deeply uncertain about the state of democracy in the United States. Declining trust in government and democratic institutions has been growing over time, and according to the Pew Research Center, the election of a President that most Americans see as lacking respect for democratic institutions Read More >

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April 17th, 2019
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2018 Youth Turnout Increased in Every State for Which We Have Data

Last month, CIRCLE released 2018 midterm youth turnout estimates for an initial batch of 17 states.Today, we are publishing youth turnout estimates for 17 additional states, including states with key 2018 races like Texas and Tennessee, and potential 2020 battlegrounds like Michigan and Virginia.  Both individually and taken together, these turnout estimates confirm and add Read More >

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April 2nd, 2019
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Political Outreach to Youth Effective in 2018 Midterms, But Many Still Left Out

The 2018 election was the most expensive midterm in modern history, costing $5 billion. While these funds go to many expenses, a significant portion is spent by groups engaging in voter registration, education, and mobilization. The extent to which this voter outreach focuses on youth, many of whom may be newly eligible voters, can tell Read More >

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March 5th, 2019
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