What percent of young voters (age 18-29) turned out to vote in the 2018 midterms?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. Describe one trend you see in the chart?

  3. How much did youth voter turnout in the 2018 midterm election vary from the past?

  4. Why do you think that is?

  5. What is one consequence of this change?

  6. IS this change good news?

  7. Many groups are taking credit for increased youth voting. What issues and groups do you think really caused this massive youth-voter increase?

  8. In general, if less than one third of any group of people turned up to vote, would you consider that a strong voter turnout?

  9. Imagine that instead of 31% of youth voting, 75% of youth voted. Describe a policy change that might result from that change?

  10. Approximately what percent of the people you personally know who are age 18-29 voted?

  11. If you were 18 by the day of the 2018 midterm election did you vote?

  12. I ran into an ex-student recently. He told me (very sheepishly) that he did not vote in the midterm. I said, well, you do live in New York so your vote doesn’t really matter in national elections. What does that mean?

  13. He said, “no, Mr. I didn’t vote, because I was bored and it just doesn’t really matter.” What would you say to him and what do you think I said to him?

  14. What percent of all voters were youth voters?* (the most recent data comes from 2014)*

  15. What political party do you think the majority of youth voted for?*

  16. This week, 29 year-old, Bronx-born, Alexandria Octavio-Cortes* became the youngest women ever elected to the House of Representatives. Describe how you think her age will impact the way she governs.

Visual Extension*

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Learning Extension

Check out this very short Circle report on youth voting in the 2018 midterm elections.

Action Extension

Speak to a few people age 18-29 who voted in the 2018 midterm election and draw some conclusions about why they did or didn’t vote. Share your conclusions in class or online.

Having Issues?

What is the most important issue to both Democratic and Republican voters in the 2018 midterm elections?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprising is this data?

  3. Describe a trend in terms of what kind of issues are important (salient) to voters in both parties in the 2018 midterm election.

  4. Why do you think that is?

  5. What is one consequence of this?

  6. This is a list of issues, not people. If we were to add Donald Trump to this list where would he rank on the list?

  7. What is the biggest disagreement (split) about what is an important issue between the two parties?

  8. Describe one trend in the data in terms of what is important to the Republican party.

  9. Describe one trend in the data in terms of what is important to the Democratic party.

  10. Considering the data in the chart what kind of television campaign ads do you think we’ll see a lot of this fall.

  11. Rank the issues in the chart in order of importance to you.

  12. Of the issues listed in the chart, how do you imagine the ranking has and has not changed over time?*

  13. Explain how coverage of these issues might differ on MSNBC versus FOX News.

  14. Explain the partisan gap between treatment of LGBTQ people?

  15. Based on the data, what conclusions about the outcome of the 2018 midterm election can you make?

  16. How different do you think this chart would have been for the 2002 midterm election?

  17. In what way can President Trump impact the 2018 midterm election?

  18. Explain which party’s voters you predict will be more fired up for this year’s midterm elections.

*Visual Extension


Learning Extension

Read the Pew Report on partisan differences in the 2018 election.

Action Extension

Share your ranked list of important issues with candidates from your issue running for election to the House or Senate.

Funny Animal Extension

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