Peacock Scholarship

Voter Contributing Factors

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For the 2016 United States Presidential election, 61.4% of the voting-age population reporting voting, "a number not statistically different from the 61.8% who reported voting in 2012," ("Voting in American", 2017). While race, economic status and age are seen as obvious factors that contribute to an active voter, there are factors that are just as important but have been less researched. If a person was raised in a household that openly discussed politics, are they more likely to actively vote in local, state and national elections? If a person's parents or friends subscribe to a specific political party, how likely is it that a voting-age adult will feel pressured to vote for a certain candidate? Does the type of media that of media that one consumes have an effect on a person's voting habits? Theses are just a few of the questions that were answered through the research conducted. With the use of printed surveys and later on, an online survey, 102 respondents were asked 24 questions about the voting habits, and the habits of the friends and family. The study shows that most young adults do consider themselves "active voters, and vote in local, state and national elections, although the emphasis is placed on the national election. The research also showed that individuals who grew up in politically active households (their parents voted, they discussed politics, etc.) were more likely to become active voters themselves versus individuals who had parents who did not vote and did not discuss politics. This was despite the fact whether the individuals agreed with their parents about politics. These results suggest that a person's upbringing and who they hang around with does have an effect on the type of voter that they are.

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