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Working Paper 29: News for A New Generation: Can it Be Fun and Functional?

by Susan Sherr

March 2005graph

“Considerable time and financial resources have been dedicated to increasing the numbers of young people who vote in the United States. Voting is certainly a vital component of political and civic engagement. However, there are other important political behaviors in which young people have been participating in decreasing numbers and at rates lower than older people. One example is news consumption. Even if 18-24 year olds begin voting at consistently higher rates, their relative inattention to political information may prevent them from casting informed votes.”

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