Issues: Youth vote engagement

Brooks Bratten, Contributor

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A poll released by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that the percentage of young people who said they were very likely to vote in tonight’s presidential campaign rose almost 10 points last month.

That number is compared to results from the same youth demographic from four months ago. The poll also said that 54.6 percent of young voters ages 18 to 29 said they were very or extremely likely to vote, up from 44.7 percent in July.

According to the center’s Youth Coordinator and Researcher, Abby Kiesa, the proportion of young people who say they’ve been paying attention to the election rose from 56 percent in July to 71 percent in October, but those numbers are still down from four years ago.

The Pew Research Center found that only 63 percent of young voters said they planned to vote in 2012, compared to 72 percent in 2008.

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