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Estimating Youth Turnout from Census and Exit Poll Data

According to our analysis of Census Current Population Survey (CPS) voting data released on Wednesday, youth turnout in the 2012 election was 45% for ages 18-29 and 41.2% among 18-24s. Those numbers represent declines compared to 2004 and 2008, although youth turnout was higher last November than it had been in 1996 and 2000. Immediately Read More >

May 10th, 2013
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Only 12.3 Million Young People, 18-29, Voted for President Obama in ‘12; Down from 14.8 Million in ‘08

CIRCLE Releases Full 2012 Youth Vote Analysis from Census Population Survey Data MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, MA – With this week’s release of the Census Current Population Survey November Supplement, or CPS, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) today published final estimates of how young people voted in the 2012 election. Please Read More >

May 10th, 2013
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Immigration and the 2012 Election

A new CIRCLE fact sheet uses post-election youth polling to examine young people’s views of immigration reform and how youth with recent immigrant backgrounds participated in the 2012 election. Only a relatively small portion of young Americans rated immigration as their top issue in the 2012 election, yet those young people overwhelmingly favored creating paths Read More >

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February 21st, 2013
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Distinguished, Nonpartisan Commission Announced to Study and Inform Policies on Youth Voting

Commission on Youth Voting & Civic Knowledge Focused on “Wide Range” of Influences, Including State Voting Laws, Civic Education Policies Tisch College, Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA—CIRCLE, Tufts University’s premiere center for the study of youth engagement, announced this morning the formation of the distinguished, nonpartisan and scholarly, Commission on Youth Voting & Civic Knowledge, which Read More >

November 28th, 2012
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Did Civic Education Laws Affect Youth Turnout in 2012?

One of the ways that states may try to influence political engagement is by requiring civic education in their K-12 schools. Substantial evidence shows that high-quality civic education boosts students’ interest in politics, their knowledge of political issues, and their voter turnout after they turn 18. But it is less clear that the existing state Read More >

November 28th, 2012
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