Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Youth Vote

Who says we don't matter? From Reuters:

A nationwide survey released this month showed young Americans prefer Democrats to Republicans by a 21-point margin, up from 19 percent in April.

That’s enough to cost some Republican candidates the race, said Ed Goeas, a Republican pollster who analyzed the survey taken by the nonpartisan “Young Voter Strategies.”

He said if young voters turn out in November in the same numbers as in the 2002 mid-term elections, they could give Democrats a 1.8 percentage point advantage, enough to sway any of several razor-tight races this year.


The so-called “Generation Y” of Americans born between 1977 and 1994 -- shaped by the Sept. 11 attacks, the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina -- in nine years will make up a third of the electorate, or about 82 million people.

And who says we aren't engaged? From the National Journal:

...according to a new survey sponsored by a George Washington University group called Young Voter Strategies...[e]ight in 10 of the survey's respondents, including 72 percent of Latinos and 85 percent of African Americans, said they were registered to vote... They often followed the same patterns as the general population... [Young voters] also claim to be just as attuned to the upcoming contests as the rest of the country. About two-thirds said they're paying at least some attention to the midterms, and 18 percent said they're paying at lot of attention. (Almost identical numbers recently told ABC News pollsters that they were following news of the election.)

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