Is Voting for Young People?

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Routledge, Nov 19, 2015 - Political Science - 248 pages
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In 2008, everyone expected young people to turn out to vote in record numbers for the first youthful, hip, new media-savvy, African American presidential candidate in history. They didn’t. When Obama ran for re-election, he targeted young voters and they still didn’t come to the polls in overwhelming numbers. What will happen in 2016, another potential history-making election?

Is Voting for Young People? explores the reasons why young people are less likely to follow politics and vote in the United States (as well as in many other established democracies) no matter who the candidates are, whether they tweet or blog, or what the issues may be. This brief, accessible, and provocative book suggests ways of changing that, and now includes a new chapter on young people's role in the 2008, 2012, and 2014 elections, looking ahead to 2016.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • A new introduction placing current youth voting trends in context with recent elections.
  • A new Chapter 8 covering the elections of 2008, 2012, and 2014—looking ahead to 2016.
  • Updated voting data on 2012 and 2014 elections.
  • A new concluding chapter offering recommendations for improving young voter turnout.

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CHAPTER 1 The Aging of Regular Newspaper Readers
CHAPTER 2 The Aging Audience for Politics on TV
CHAPTER 3 Dont Ask Anyone Under 30
CHAPTER 4 Where Have All the Young Voters Gone?
CHAPTER 5 Do Young Adults See Voting as a Civic Duty?
CHAPTER 6 Does Low Youth Turnout Really Matter?
CHAPTER 7 A New Civic Engagement Among Young People?
CHAPTER 8 Was Voting for Young People in the Obama Era?
CHAPTER 9 What Can Be Done?

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About the author (2015)

Martin P. Wattenberg is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

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