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FEATURED: New Study Dispels Stereotypes About Young Voters Ahead of 2012 Elections

A new CIRCLE study, “Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic Engagement in the United States,” shatters stereotypes and dispels conventional myths about the ways in which young people ages 18-29 are involved in the United States political system.

The study from CIRCLE, which is part of Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, uses U.S. Census data on young voters from across the United States and compares youth engagement in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles. Despite the over-simplified portrayal of young Americans in the news media, their political engagement is diverse. The study shows that at least three quarters of youth were somehow engaged in their community or in politics in both 2008 and 2010. But they engaged in very different ways. The key finding of the study is that young Americans were divided into six distinct patterns of engagement in recent years. In 2010, the clusters were:

•    The Broadly Engaged (21% of youth) fill many different leadership roles;
•    The Political Specialists (18%) are focused on voting and other forms of political activism;
•    The Donors (11%) give money but do little else;
•   The Under-Mobilized (14%) were registered to vote in 2010 but did not actually vote or participate actively;
•   The Talkers (13%) report discussing political issues and are avid communicators online, but do not take action otherwise; and
•    The Civically Alienated (23%) hardly engage at all.

17 Responses to “FEATURED: New Study Dispels Stereotypes About Young Voters Ahead of 2012 Elections”

  1. Young Black Voters: Study Dispels Myths | Says:

    [...] Read the entire study at CivicYouth.org [...]

  2. New Study Shatters Stereotypes and Dispels Myths About Young African American Voters | Milwaukee Community Journal Says:

    [...] 18-29, are involved in the U.S. political system. The full report and findings are available at: http://www.civicyouth.org/?p=2977. In addition to the report, you may also download an accompanying infographic of the study’s [...]

  3. Peter Levine: Understanding a Diverse Generation Says:

    [...] “youth” will vote, we should be focused on enormous disparities in civic engagement. Census data from 2010 reveal that about one in five young Americans is broadly engaged. They work with neighbors, attend community meetings, take leadership roles in community [...]

  4. Understanding youth civic engagement in the USA « Campaign for Stronger Democracy Says:

    [...] This week, CIRCLE (The Center for Research on Learning and Civic Engagement) published a telling and interesting report called Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic Engagement in the United States. [...]

  5. Peter Levine: Understanding a Diverse Generation | eduJunction Says:

    [...] “youth” will vote, we should be focused on enormous disparities in civic engagement. Census data from 2010 reveal that about one in five young Americans is broadly engaged. They work with neighbors, attend community meetings, take leadership roles in community [...]

  6. Young Black Voters: Study Dispels MythsUnited Diaspora | United Diaspora Says:

    [...] Read the entire study at CivicYouth.org. [...]

  7. AEI Citizenship – Strengthening and understanding the “youth vote” Says:

    [...] at the ways that young voters aged 18-29 engage  in the American political system. Entitled “Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic Engagement in the United States,” the report clarifies what the “youth vote” actually means, and reveals just how [...]

  8. High Five to Millennials « VISTA Life Says:

    [...] the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a study showing the diverse engagement of young peeps during the last two election [...]

  9. Making News and Making a Difference in Civic Education « KIDS Consortium's Blog Says:

    [...] 21st the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) released a new study. The following is quoted from the CIRCLE [...]

  10. america Says:

    young people should have the right to vote for their future. They are the hope and how to overcome the crisis that we are ready now

  11. Infographic: Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic Engagement in the United States « Generation YES Blog Says:

    [...] new CIRCLE study, “Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic Engagement in the United States,” shatters stereotypes and dispels conventional myths about the ways in which young people ages [...]

  12. The Kids Are Aight: Young Americans Still Civically Active | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View Says:

    [...] early voter enthusiasm, new research finds that Millennials are civically active.  A recent study from CIRCLE, part of Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public [...]

  13. Black youth lead the way in civic engagement | Chocolate News Treats Says:

    [...] 18-29, are involved in the U.S. political system. The full report and findings are available at: http://www.civicyouth.org/?p=2977. In addition to the report, you may also download an accompanying infographic of the study’s [...]

  14. AEI Citizenship – Mid-week roundup Says:

    [...] of recent findings about youth voting behaviors. We’ve covered their ambitious report “Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic engagement in the United States” before, but they’ve since come out with more information–including a comparison [...]

  15. Young African Americans are more politically engaged than people think « Iconowatch Says:

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  16. Recent Trends in Youth Civic Engagement - Nonprofit Vote Says:

    [...] new CIRCLE study, “Understanding a Diverse Generation: Youth Civic Engagement in the United States,” provides an in-depth analysis of recent youth civic engagement trends. The findings challenge many [...]

  17. The challenge of Sean Parker’s new $9M bet, explained in 3 charts | 381test Says:

    [...] more likely to donate money or share a message than turn out on election day. Tufts university found that engaged non-voters make up about 24 percent of the young electorate, while voters make up [...]

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