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Identifying Predictors of Voter Participation and Candidate Choice among College Students in the 2008 Presidential Election

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Young people are known to be among the least politically engaged members of society, with explanations for this disengagement ranging from feelings of inefficacy to lacking a stake in communities. The 2008 Presidential Election, and particularly the campaign of Barack Obama, was thought to energize a group with notoriously little interest in politics and low rates of electoral participation. This study, based upon data collected at a small, Catholic New England college in the two weeks prior to the 2008 election, seeks to better understand what factors determine whether individuals intend to vote, and if so, what factors influence for whom they vote. Findings indicate that being female, feeling that the outcome of the election will personally affect him or her, and feeling that his or her vote matters are all positive predictors of whether one reports intending to vote. Feeling that the outcome of the election matters personally also increases the likelihood an individual supports Obama. Those with more faith in the U.S. political system and higher levels of religiosity are more likely to support McCain. Finally, supporting the policy proposals of each of the candidates does translate into support for the respective candidate, but is not the dominant predictor.

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Bueker, Catherine., Harris, Lauren. and Byrnes, Haley. "Identifying Predictors of Voter Participation and Candidate Choice among College Students in the 2008 Presidential Election" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 08, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-29 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p307868_index.html>

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Bueker, C. S., Harris, L. and Byrnes, H. , 2009-08-08 "Identifying Predictors of Voter Participation and Candidate Choice among College Students in the 2008 Presidential Election" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-29 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p307868_index.html

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Abstract: Young people are known to be among the least politically engaged members of society, with explanations for this disengagement ranging from feelings of inefficacy to lacking a stake in communities. The 2008 Presidential Election, and particularly the campaign of Barack Obama, was thought to energize a group with notoriously little interest in politics and low rates of electoral participation. This study, based upon data collected at a small, Catholic New England college in the two weeks prior to the 2008 election, seeks to better understand what factors determine whether individuals intend to vote, and if so, what factors influence for whom they vote. Findings indicate that being female, feeling that the outcome of the election will personally affect him or her, and feeling that his or her vote matters are all positive predictors of whether one reports intending to vote. Feeling that the outcome of the election matters personally also increases the likelihood an individual supports Obama. Those with more faith in the U.S. political system and higher levels of religiosity are more likely to support McCain. Finally, supporting the policy proposals of each of the candidates does translate into support for the respective candidate, but is not the dominant predictor.


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