CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
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March 2017 E-Update

March 31st, 2017
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Post-Election Poll Reveals Divides, Opportunities for Youth Engagement

MillennialPollCoverA new CIRCLE poll of Millennials finds that, in the aftermath of the election, young people are unsurprisingly divided—depending on who they voted for in 2016—in their attitudes about American values and priorities, the health of the nation’s democracy, and the future of their own civic and political engagement.

A major takeaway of our analysis is that different youth engagement strategies are needed for Trump voters and for Clinton voters. The former may be more interested in local action that directly helps individuals, while the latter are more motivated by resisting the current presidential administration.

Read more and find the fully analysis here.

The Role of Millennial Women
in the 2016 Election

A new paper by our Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, published as part of a symposium on gender and Millennials convened by the Council on Contemporary Families, takes a look at Millennial women’s voting in the presidential election, and at how they’re feeling about American democracy and their own political engagement.

Based on CIRCLE polling, Kawashima-Ginsberg finds that only 25% of Millennial women identified as feminist, and less than 15% said the possibility of electing the first woman president informed their vote choice. Now, post-election, Millennial women are more concerned about the future of democracy than their male peers, but not more likely than Millennial men to be interested in political engagement. Today, this research was cited in a New York Times op-ed.

Read more.

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Civic Deserts: Rural Millennials Lack Opportunities for
Political Engagement

In a new piece for The Conversation, CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Senior Researcher Felicia Sullivan explore the lack of civic and political opportunities for Millennials in rural areas—and what it meant for the 2016 election and beyond.

Their findings are drawn from CIRCLE’s Millennial polling. They include, for example, that Millennials in rural areas are much more likely to be in “civic deserts,” and that both rural white Millennials and those in civic deserts were more likely to vote for President Trump.

Read more.

CIRCLE in the News

– WNYC & MPR’s Indivisible: “Millennials and a Polarized America” (radio)

– The Atlantic: “Can Millennials Save the Democratic Party?

– Boston Globe: “In times like these, we need political engagement that lasts

– The Economist: “Millennials across the rich world are failing to vote

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