Hiram College

In the 2008 Presidential race, young voters (aged 18-30) turned out in unprecedented numbers, and swayed the outcome of the voting.

What are the attitudes of this critical segment of the electorate today? Four years after they helped Barack Obama ascend to the White House, are they disenchanted? Are the economy and unemployment uppermost on their minds? Are they still optimistic about the future, and if so which party can best meet their needs?

The Garfield Institute for Public Leadership at Hiram College aims to find out. Led by the Garfield Institute’s scholar in residence, Dr. Jason Johnson (right), a nationally known expert on elections and political campaigns, the “Listening to Young Voters” project is beginning a nationwide poll of this hard-to-read population of young voters later this week. Watch for it.

Experts suggest that keeping this segment of the population is crucial for the President’s re-election bid, and the Republican challengers are all courting the young vote.  The Garfield Institute will be featuring results and analysis of the survey on its website, as well as more commentary as the election year goes on.

Visit the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership’s website to follow results and to read Johnson’s election blogs.

  • Jan. 20, 2011: Initial Survey Findings.
    Summary: Half of young voters aged 18-29 have a favorable opinion of President Obama, and slightly more favor him over any current Republican candidate in the 2012 Presidential campaign. The same group of likely voters have unfavorable opinions of both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements, and a significant majority would like to see an independent candidate in the race for the White House. Read more.