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

Once Again, Data Points to the Power of the Ask

October 2nd, 2012
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During the summer we polled nearly 1,700 youth, 18 to 29 years old, about the election. Among many questions, we asked what would influence the respondents to vote. There was a clear answer: ask.

Almost half of young respondents reported that being asked by a friend or a parent would or might influence them to vote. In fact, of the situations that we asked about,  the one they said would have the most influence was being asked by a parent.

This response is not unusual; for many behaviors, research has shown that young people get involved when asked by someone whom they trust. As we show in our recent report, sometimes not being asked sends a message to young people that their voice and participation are not wanted.

Let’s start asking.

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One Response to “Once Again, Data Points to the Power of the Ask”

  1. AEI Citizenship – What’s happening in the citizenship world? Says:

    […] good news, though, is in the “Power of the Ask”: A new CIRCLE study shows that “almost half of young respondents reported that being asked […]