[And sad to say, 28% would be good news, compared to past midterm elections. Voters under the age of 30 should reflect that elected officials know which demographics vote. Why does Pennsylvania underfund state universities while not taxing retirement income? Because students vote a lot less than retirees. If there is ever a time, this is the year for younger voters to show they know and care what their government does. As the article goes on to show, “young voter turnout could make the difference in 2018.”]
By Tara Golshan, Vox, Jul 18, 2018
Millennials are pretty reliable Democrats, but unreliable voters.
Democrats are winning over younger voters by huge numbers, but as a highly contentious, voter turnout-dependent midterm election inches closer, there’s a serious question of whether these young Democrats will come to the polls.
A recently released poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Atlantic conducted in June showed only 28 percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 say they are “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in midterms, compared to 74 percent of seniors.
In a year when Democrats are hoping an energized base can deliver them massive gains in Congress — and possibly the majority in one or both chambers — this poll, on its face, should give Democrats some pause.
Of course, this is only one poll. There are other surveys with varied results; a recent poll conducted by the Associated Press and University of Chicago’s NORC found that 32 percent of young voters would certainly vote and 56 percent were likely to. Another poll by Cosmopolitan magazine and SurveyMonkey found that 48 percent of young voters were “absolutely certain” they’d vote in the midterms.
And it’s actually a big improvement for Democrats compared to past midterms….
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