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ERIC Number: ED147245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Student Voters: Do They Make a Difference?
Fuller, Bruce; Samuelson, Judy
The pamphlet analyzes registration and voting behavior among college and university students. When the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971, it enabled almost 13 million young people to vote. Over four million are students. Although voting patterns vary among and within campuses, some trends can be identified. Registration rates for students are high, but they vary depending on the type of college attended. Students more often register Democratic than Republican, and such partisan affiliation is strongly affected by whether a student lives at home or away from home. Turnout of student voters is often comparable to turnout of all voters. Black students have lower voter turnout rates but are more likely to be involved in community political activities. Generally, students support liberal candidates and issues. Instances of student influence on elections in California are cited. In the 1976 primary, Jimmy Carter had only limited student support nationwide; however, he strongly carried the student vote in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. Factors affecting how students vote include college selectivity, family income, age, size of campus community, partisan identification, and academic area of study. (AV)
Descriptors: College Students, Elections, Higher Education, Local Issues, Political Affiliation, Political Attitudes, Political Issues, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Voter Registration, Voting
University of California Student Lobby, 926 J Street, Suite 522, Sacramento, California 95814 ($2.00, paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ. Student Lobby, Sacramento.; California State Legislature, Sacramento. Assembly Permanent Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education.