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Youth Attitudes and Beliefs

This series of research products address youth attitudes and beliefs towards various aspects of community and political participation.

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How Do Young People Decide Who to Vote for?

Data from past elections suggest that young voters care more about issues than candidates’ perceived personal qualities, but given a choice of personal qualities, they especially favor candidates whom they feel are “in touch with” people like them. This is the first of two posts about what matters to young voters; the second will consider Read More >

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July 20th, 2015
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Does the Age of a Presidential Candidate Matter to Young Voters?

Few young people say that the age of a candidate matters to them. Youth (ages 18-29) have voted for the younger of the presidential candidates in a majority of recent elections, but the younger candidates have also generally been Democrats, which may explain young people’s choices. Some previous research finds that having the option of Read More >

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Top 8 Takeaways about Young Voters and the 2014 Election

Each election year, the headlines about youth voters tend to be the same. The relatively low turnout rate is usually lamented, and sometimes there is some analysis of whether one party (usually the Democrats) benefited from youth support. But it is important to see complexities and derive subtler lessons. Here are our eight takeaways from Read More >

November 12th, 2014
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Strengthening Democracy: Girls’ Leadership and K-12 Education

The troubling gender gap that can result in lower civic and political participation among young women can begin as early as middle school, which makes schools an important focus of research. That is the message of Taking the Lead: How Educators Can Help Close the Gender Leadership Gap, a new report on girls and women Read More >

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October 1st, 2014
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Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville – Portraits of American Teens’ Leisure Time Use

Today we are releasing CIRCLE Working Paper #80: “Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville – Portraits of American Teenagers’ Extracurricular Involvement, and Implications for Educational Interventions.” The ways American teenagers use their leisure time have evolved dramatically in the past few decades. These changes are not all good or bad for civic education, but they fundamentally Read More >

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March 31st, 2014
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