the surprising youth vote

I am in the FOX News Green Room, getting ready to talk about why youth turnout was strong and young people supported the President. In fact, we have demonstrated that the youth vote was essential to Obama’s victory.

I was also interviewed on this topic by NPR’s Marketplace and will be on Huffington Post Live tonight at 9 pm Eastern. I must say I am surprised by the result, because I thought the 2012 election was a poor experience for new voters: confusing and dispiriting. All polls, including ours, showed a decline in what prognosticators call “enthusiasm.” But maybe young people displayed something different–call it resilience or commitment. That is an explanation that attributes the result to youth, and I suspect it is partly right. Another explanation is the efficient and lavishly funded turnout operations, especially on the Democratic side.

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Associate Dean for Research and the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in the United States and elsewhere.