Exclusive Analysis: Donald Trump and Young Voters
CIRCLE has released a comprehensive analysis of Donald Trump’s level of support from young people during the 2016 primaries. It examines how Trump’s support from young voters stacks up with previous Republican nominees, as well as implications for the general election. Major findings include:
- Generally, Donald Trump received a lower level of support from youth than from older voters
- Trump received a slightly larger proportion of estimated youth votes in the primary season than previous Republican nominees McCain and Romney
- As a whole, young people view Trump unfavorably, with young women and youth of color viewing him even more unfavorably. Meanwhile, young people with less formal education showed greater levels of support for Trump in the primaries.
“With less than five months until Election Day, Mr. Trump’s campaign has both challenges and opportunities with young voters,” writes CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg. “On the one hand, the youth electorate has been very active this year, with youth participation in the GOP and Democratic contests more evenly split than in recent presidential cycles. On the other hand, youth of color and young women are currently the least likely groups to support Trump.”
Read more, and find all of CIRCLE’s political data and analysis at the CIRCLE 2016 Election Center.
Guest Posts on Youth Political Engagement Beyond Elections
CIRCLE’s current guest post series explores how youth electoral engagement can have broader goals, including connections to civic life and democracy more generally. Three recent posts by practitioners make valuable contributions to that conversation:
Stay connected to CIRCLE on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
Leveraging New Technology to Facilitate Campus Civic Engagement
An AASCU/TurboVote Webinar
June 16, 2016
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET
Please join AASCU for a webinar on Leveraging New Technology to Facilitate Campus Civic Engagement on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 1 pm Eastern. During the program, representatives from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and our sponsor TurboVote, will share strategies for how government relations professionals can be advocates for civic engagement work on campus and help coordinate campus groups into a single engagement campaign.
Increasingly complex state voter requirements have presented new challenges for campus civic engagement efforts leading up to the fall election. The changing electoral landscape requires new strategies and technology to help facilitate the engagement of students and other campus constituencies in the political process.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and University of North Carolina at Charlotte are navigating the state’s new voter requirements with help from TurboVote, a non-profit, non-partisan voter registration and engagement platform and an AASCU government relations program partner. The universities educated students and others about the state’s new voter laws and informed them of key issues in the March 15 presidential primary ballot, including a $2 billion bond measure with significant new investments in the state’s higher education infrastructure. The webinar will highlight this work in North Carolina while providing tips on how government relations professionals can:
- Highlight internal and external collaborative efforts on campus to increase voter engagement on campus
- Include higher education issues in campus civic engagement efforts
- Leverage technology to help reach students and engage them in an increasingly complex voting process
- Tamara Johnson, Research Associate for Academic Planning and Analysis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- Kristina Snader, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Matthew Tharp, Partner Support Lead, TurboVote
If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Harnisch, AASCU Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.478.4660.
The 2nd webinar of our ADP/TDC Engage the Election 2016 webinar series powered by icitizen was a great success earlier this week. Researchers from Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education shared findings from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE). The Speakers were Nancy Thomas, Director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education and her colleague Ishara Casellas Connors, Associate Director of the Institute.
In this webinar, researchers from Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education shared findings from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), a study of voting rates at the student and institutional level. More than 800 colleges and universities nationwide are participating in NSLVE, including 189 ADP/TDC institutions.
By now, you know about Tufts University’s National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). A free service, NSLVE measures student registration and voting rates and provides each participating campus with a tailored report containing those rates broken down by age, class level, race/ethnicity, gender, voting method, and voting location. See a sample report. This is your last chance before the 2016 election to join more than 800 colleges and universities nationwide that have already learned their rates for 2012 and 2014. This is not a survey! All you need to do is submit this authorization form. For more information, visit the NSLVE website. Submit your form by May 13, 2016.
View the recording of the NSLVE webinar, here (length 1:06:46).
Save the Date | Webinar #3 with CIRCLE
Speakers: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director & Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher
Date: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project (ADP) activities at participating colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.
Indiana State University: An ISU event sponsored by ADP helped students realize the importance of voting, and some participants registered for the first time.
Fort Hays State University (Kan.): Held a poster competition, “Let Your Voice Be Heard!” The class assignment resulted in an unprecedented landslide of social media engagement for the university. FHSU’s ADP is also educating their students on the importance of voting and plan to register about 300 students using TurboVote. Find out more here.
Illinois State University: The American Democracy Project and School of Communication had their annual “Social Issues Fair” on November 9th. This event brings together students to “encourage and engage dialogue” on current political and social issues.
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh: Along with ADP, Oshkosh has created a webpage to inform their students on local voting information.
Northeastern Illinois University: The Second Economic Inequality Initiative event, held on Oct. 29, served to encourage students to confront, through critical discussion, the roots of economic inequality — and to challenge students to adopt an active role in addressing their solutions.
Rhode Island College: RIC shared their ADP photos on Pinterest.
University of Central Oklahoma: The UCO American Democracy Project organized efforts throughout the fall semester that resulted in 3.8 percent of Central’s full-time student body registering to vote for the first time.
University of Nebraska- Kearney: Tom Clemente, an expert on genetically modified organisms spoke about biotechnology in agriculture as part of their Science Café program.
If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email email@example.com.
Cook County in Illinois has been looking for students to serve as poll workers for the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary election. This opportunity will allow students to learn about the election process, strengthen local democracy, and students will get paid for their service. Students have the opportunity to take one of two positions; Election Judge or Equipment Manager.
Northeastern Illinois University, an ADP campus, had 198 students participate in the program, which was the 5th highest among area colleges and universities.
This program is the largest poll worker program in the country with 51 colleges and universities participating. According to the case study’s report community college students were more likely to serve a second time. This program has seen increased efficiency and there were three wards where student participation solved poll worker shortages.
Do you think your students would like to partake in such an opportunity? For more information click here.