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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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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New National Youth Turnout Estimate: 28% of Young People Voted in 2018

We recently released estimates of 2018 midterm youth voter turnout in all 42 states for which  youth voting data are available in the voter files. Our analyses found that, in every single state, young people’s turnout rate increased compared to 2014. Based on the data from those 42 states (which represent 94% of the American Read More >

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May 30th, 2019
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Final Analysis of State-by-State Youth Voter Turnout Shows Increases Across the Country

Last month, CIRCLE released 2018 midterm youth turnout estimates for 34 states in two separate posts: here and here. Today, we are publishing youth turnout estimates for the last eight states for which reliable data are available[1]. Both individually and taken together, these turnout estimates confirm and add context to the overall trend of higher Read More >

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May 20th, 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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CIRCLE Creates Research Impact Fellowship, Hires Inaugural Fellow

CIRCLE is excited to announce that Adam Strong has joined the team as our first Research Impact Fellow. This fellowship is a first for CIRCLE, and supports the organization’s foundational belief that there is a crucial, synergistic relationship between research, policy, and practice. Our research is informed as much as possible by the expertise of Read More >

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April 5th, 2019
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