YFTW: The MySpace Election

A new survey of young voters, the first in a series of “Youth for the Win” projects, confirms that this emerging group is deeply engaged in the 2008 election. The report, released in cooperation with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, finds that not only will young people vote in record numbers this year — 54 percent say their likelihood of voting is a 10 on a 10-point scale — but that the Internet plays a critical role in both how they get their information, and how they participate in the campaign.

A new Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner survey of youth voters shows fundamental differences in how young people experience and participate in the 2008 elections. This survey, the first this year of a series of Youth For The Win! (YFTW) projects designed to track young people’s involvement in the 2008 election, shows young people deeply engaged in the election.

In this analysis of how young people are experiencing and participating in this election in a different way, Stan Greenberg, Anna Greenberg, Dave Walker, and James Carville report on the record youth turnout in 2008 and the role of the internet in the elections. The survey also tracked young people’s political preferences, which we will release in a separate report later this week.

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