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 Attitudes and Beliefs

This series of research products address youth attitudes and beliefs towards various aspects of community and political participation.

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Growing Voters: Engaging Youth Before they Reach Voting Age to Strengthen Democracy

The 2018 midterm election year was a historic high point in youth engagement. There was an immense amount of peer-to-peer organizing (like coordinating an event, helping peer register or talking to them about the election), particularly for a midterm cycle, which tends to have lower participation than a presidential election. There was also substantial activism Read More >

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August 14th, 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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The Gun Violence Prevention Movement Fueled Youth Engagement in the 2018 Election

February 14th marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In the aftermath of the shooting, members and supporters of the Parkland community—including student activists David Hogg, Emma González, Cameron Kasky, Sarah Chadwick, Jaclyn Corin, and Alex Wind—rallied together to fight for gun violence prevention. They Read More >

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February 15th, 2019
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CIRCLE Poll: Young People’s Ambivalent Relationship with Political Parties

This is the fourth in a series of posts about an exclusive new CIRCLE 2018 pre-election poll of youth aged 18-24. The survey was developed by CIRCLE and the polling firm GfK, which collected the data from their nationally representative panel of respondents between September 5 and September 26, 2018. The study surveyed a total Read More >

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October 24th, 2018
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Generation Z Voters Could Make Waves in 2018 Midterm Elections

In a new article for The Conversation, CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg shares highlights from our poll of young people’s engagement in the upcoming  elections, including a new analysis of how several youth attitudes and opinions affect their likelihood to vote in the midterms. To learn more about what might be motivating Generation Z to vote, Read More >

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October 19th, 2018
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