Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 month ago

Does it matter than young people vote far less than their elders? ?

Looking for an opinion. 

Does it matter than young people vote far less than their elders? The statistics are clear -- somewhere around 30% or less of adults in the 18-24 age group vote; (over 60) turnout is about 65-70%. In answering this pick an issue or two that would be of interest to the young generation that you think does not get the attention it deserves, and compare it to an issue that is very germane to adults in my generation (for example, Social Security). Then argue whether higher turnout among the young would make a difference in how government addresses this issue. 

Think about this year's presidential election. As you know, both Trump and Biden are in their 70's. I hear a lot from people (not all of them young) that two candidates in their 70's offers a dismal choice. So do you think a large turnout of young adults will make a difference here? Or, do you think two candidates in their 70's will depress turnout among the more youthful citizens?

5 Answers

  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It matters.  There are things that would benefit younger voters like loan forgiveness programs, better funding for college education, public transportation in urban areas, a higher minimum wage.  The fact that young voters do not vote at a high percentage means that these issues are a lower priority -- both in terms of what candidates campaign on and in terms of what legislation gets taken up.

    Politicians are mostly rational actors.  They want to be re-elected so they respond to what matters to voters.  If young people voted in higher numbers politicians would start focusing on the issues that matter more to younger voters.  

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    People in that age range are affected by everything from Selective Service to student loan debt to the federal minimum wage. However, not many of them can or will spend the time researching the issues the way a retired person might. If you go with the idea that those so disinterested that they don't even vote probably likewise don't know much about what they'd be voting on, it's probably okay that those who don't care just sit out elections. As they mature, learn more and amass some wealth to protect they'll get more interested in having a voice in the way things are run around here. 

  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    True that younger people historically vote less. Also true that 2018 saw the highest percent voting over 2014 in the youngest demographic. It was a 65% increase in turnout in 2018 vs 2014 for the youngest demographic.  Also, young people have demonstrated a much higher participation in causes and politics than ever before.

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    You also miss the fact that younger Democrats wanted Biden rather than Buttigieg. I'm a Boomer and campaigned for Buttigieg.

    Your analysis presented is incomplete, probably very local, and neglects the last few years. The 18-30 had many Sanders and Liz Warren also and they hate Trump as much as me. They seem to be Biden over Trump by 4-1 in some surveys on college campuses and 2 to 1 as minimum. 18-30 age could put Biden in the White House. He will know it after the election, and does see it in polling.

    Get out and vote young adult Americans. The country wants you to vote. This is for your future. Choose carefully. Make a difference within the system and then try to change it.

  • 1 month ago

    Sounds more like a homework question that is asking for YOUR opinion, based on YOUR observations. 

    Treat it as such -- YOUR opinion/observations/experiences: why would you NOT vote? what's important to you? etc.

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  • It should matter to them.  If you don't vote, you'll get a government chosen by old people.

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