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

April 2016 E-Update

April 28th, 2016
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High Youth Turnout Continued in Recent Tuesday Primaries

The trend of high youth engagement in the 2016 primaries continued on Tuesday, April 26, when participation rose, compared to previous years, in Maryland and Connecticut. Meanwhile, data estimates suggest youth turnout may have dropped in Pennsylvania.

An estimated 12% of youth cast ballots in Connecticut, where participation rose by 40% on the Democratic side compared to 2008. In Maryland, we estimate 18% of young people went to the polls, and most of the increase in youth participation was due to growth in the Republican contest.

Youth in all states and in both parties did show one trend in common: they have not yet coalesced around the front-runners, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Update: Total Youth Votes Cast in 2016 Primaries and Caucuses

April26CumulativeVotesGraphWe now have youth voting estimates for 25 states in the 2016 primary season. For the states where youth vote choice data is available, Bernie Sanders continues to dominate the youth vote.

Nearly 2 million young people in those states have voted for Senator Sanders, almost three times as many as have voted for Secretary Clinton (728,000) or for Donald Trump (747,000).

Read more, and find all our primary coverage at the
CIRCLE 2016 Election Center.

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Webinar on Teaching Controversial Topics

On Tuesday, April 26, CIRCLE joined iCivics, NCSS, CloseUp, and the League of Women Voters, for a Teaching for Democracy Alliance webinar on “Teaching Controversial Topics.”

We shared some of our research on the importance of these discussions to civic education, and resources to support teachers as they incorporate these discussions into the classroom.

Watch the full webinar
recording here.

CIRCLE in the News

In the past month, CIRCLE data and analysis have been prominently featured in various news outlets:

– The Atlantic: “Will Hispanic Millennials Vote?

– TIME: “Young voters turned out in record numbers in New York

– NPR: “Are young voters altering Republican and Democratic primary races?

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