Event Title

The Psychology of Political Efficacy and its Unanticipated Effect on Youth Voter Turnout

Presenter Information

Ciera Hammond

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Major

Political Science

Category

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Session Number

06

Location

RM 216

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Meredith Conroy

Juror Names

Arianna Huhn, Yasemin Dildar, Jodie Ullman

Start Date

5-16-2019 3:20 PM

End Date

5-16-2019 3:40 PM

Abstract

How does political efficacy among 18-29 year olds affect their likeliness to vote? This age group has the lowest voter turnout compared to all other age groups. This study is interested in why young people do not vote, and whether political efficacy is to blame. Using American National Election Studies survey data, I will analyze the relationship between political efficacy and voter turnout among different age groups during the 2016 races. Previous studies find a strong correlation between efficacy and turnout; my analysis will explore this relationship across age groups. I expect that efficacy does not predict support among young voters. I anticipate this relationship because the 2016 primaries demonstrated unprecedented enthusiasm among young people, however turnout in the general election for this group remained low. This analysis is important because it will highlight whether efficacious young voters stay home on Election Day, and give insight as to why.

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May 16th, 3:20 PM May 16th, 3:40 PM

The Psychology of Political Efficacy and its Unanticipated Effect on Youth Voter Turnout

RM 216

How does political efficacy among 18-29 year olds affect their likeliness to vote? This age group has the lowest voter turnout compared to all other age groups. This study is interested in why young people do not vote, and whether political efficacy is to blame. Using American National Election Studies survey data, I will analyze the relationship between political efficacy and voter turnout among different age groups during the 2016 races. Previous studies find a strong correlation between efficacy and turnout; my analysis will explore this relationship across age groups. I expect that efficacy does not predict support among young voters. I anticipate this relationship because the 2016 primaries demonstrated unprecedented enthusiasm among young people, however turnout in the general election for this group remained low. This analysis is important because it will highlight whether efficacious young voters stay home on Election Day, and give insight as to why.