Active Youth

Were young Americans (age 18-24) more politically active in 2016 or in 2018?

  1. How accurate was your crazy prediction?

  2. What trend do you see in the data?

  3. Why do you think that is?

  4. What is one consequence of this change?

  5. Explain whether Donald Trump would have won election in 2016 if youth had been as politically active in 2016 as they were in 2018.

  6. Whether you are 18-24 or not, would you say that the chart accurately describes your experience regarding young Americans and their political participation?

  7. How much of the jump in political engagment is a reaction to Donald Trump?

  8. Based on the data in the chart, how would you describe overall youth political activism?

  9. Explain whether the data from the chart is good or bad news.

  10. List one question you have about this data:

  11. Describe a specific policy change that might come about because of this change between 2016 and 2018?

  12. Explain whether you think young people will be even more politically active in 2020.

  13. What are some policies and politicians that are especially popular with today’s engaged youth?

  14. Imagine you were a political operative trying to increase youth political engagement. What step would most likely increase youth political activism?

  15. Imagine you were a political operative trying to decrease youth political engagement. What step would most likely decrease youth political activism?

  16. Explain whether the data from the chart is good news for the Republican Party.

  17. Describe the role political socialization plays in the results from the chart.

  18. Federal law requires that you must be 18 to vote in national elections. What is the age requirements for each of the political activities listed in the chart above?

  19. How many of the actions listed on the chart have you done?

  20. Describe how political party affiliation impacts youth political engagement.*

Learning Extension

Check out this CIRCLE report on the politics of people like you (give or take a few years).

Action Extension

Engage in one of the political activities listed in the chart, and share your experience in class or online.

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