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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2016 Election Center

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Find all of our data and analysis about youth voting in the 2016 presidential election—from the primaries all the way to November. We provide exclusive estimates of youth voter turnout and the most up-to-date numbers on youth share and youth vote choice. The Election Center also includes data maps, important media narratives, and other resources for understanding and contextualizing young people's political participation.

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Do States Require Students Learn about Political Parties & Ideology?

Only eight states’ civic education standards explicitly require that students learn about the ideological underpinnings of the two major political parties, according to a new working paper from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published by CIRCLE. In “State Standards Scratch the Surface of Learning about Political Parties and Ideology,” Paula McAvoy (UW-Madison), Rebecca Fine Read More >

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September 15th, 2016
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CIRCLE Director Pens Article on Civic Education

Today, the National Association of School Boards of Education published the most recent edition of its journal, The Standard, on The Future of Schools. The issue features an article by CIRCLE’s Director, Dr. Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, on the future of civic education. Read the full article: “The Future of Civic Education“ In the article, Kawashima-Ginsberg emphasizes how state-wide Read More >

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September 12th, 2016
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Exclusive Analysis: Hillary Clinton and Young Voters

Today CIRCLE released a new analysis of Hillary Clinton’s level of support among young people, ages 17-29, throughout the 2016 Democratic primaries and considers her potential with youth in this November’s general election match-up against Republican nominee Donald Trump. The document reviews youth voting in 27 states where exit polls were conducted, makes historical comparisons to previous Read More >

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August 10th, 2016
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Youth Voting in the 2016 Primaries

Throughout the 2016 primaries, CIRCLE conducted state-by-state analyses of youth voting in both parties’ nominating contests. As this month’s Republican and Democratic conventions officially bring the primary season to a close, this fact sheet revisits the day-after youth turnout estimates we calculated for each state contest and expands on the major trend we have highlighted throughout: a considerable increase Read More >

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July 27th, 2016
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Guest Post – Partnering with Your Local PBS Station to Promote Civic Education and Engagement

This is the fifth and final guest post in a series about whether and how youth electoral engagement can have broader goals, including connections to civic life and democracy more generally. Please read the first, second, third, and fourth posts as well. Join us on Twitter and Facebook to discuss the content and implications, and keep an eye out for future posts Read More >

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July 12th, 2016
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