Young and Engaged…and 40% Independent

December 12, 2007 on 2:53 am

In the December 10 issue of The Epoch Times, Gary Feuerberg reports on a survey by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University in which 35% of 18 to 24 year-olds identify themselves as “politically engaged or active,” notably higher than in surveys of previous years. Noting that election turnout from this group rose from 36% in 2000 to 47% in 2004, the IOP survey indicates it will be still higher in 2008 with 61% of those polled saying that they will definitely vote in the 2008 general election.

The IOP online sample consisted of 2,526 U. S. citizens 18-24 years old who were reached between October 28 and November 9. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed consider themselves Democrats, 25% Republican and 40% Independent. The article concludes with an interestsing discussion of the challenges to surveying this age group, access to which to largely outside of the traditional land-line telephone.

Also highlighted in the article is Opportunity 08, a project of the Brookings Institution whose aim is to replace today’s highly partisan tone in political discourse with “thoughtful discussion among political candidates and the public during this presidential campaign.”

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