...as in the imperative (i.e. you, youth, progress). This blog is updated by politically active young people. Issues that will be discussed are those which concern young voters and are of concern to young voters.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Introductory Post on My Left Wing

Hello, my name is progressyouth, and I and one other young person keep a blog called "Progress, Youth" on issues that concern young voters and are of concern to young voters. My diary here (I also keep one on DailyKos and Raising Kaine) will focus on the same subject.

But enough about me, let's talk about my demographic, the "DotNets," and how the Democrats can perpetuate and extend their success with us.

Here are some facts about young voters:

Young People are Becoming Increasingly Active: Voter turnout between the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections increased among young people by 11%, more than any other demographic. 73% say it's likely they will vote in 2006; that's 73%, for a midterm election, (Young Voter Strategies of George Washington University). In the 2004 election, more "DotNets" attempted to persuade others to vote, and more displayed a bumper sticker, sign, etc. than any other demographic, (Pew Research).

Young People are Becoming Increasingly Liberal:
Though young people only preferred Gore to Bush by 2%, young voters preferred Kerry to Gore by 14%, (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement of University of Maryland). The plurality (not the majority) of young people identify themselves as conservatives, 34%, but nearly as much identify themselves as liberal, 33%, and 23% identify themselves as moderate. But, the good news is Democrats are more popular among young voters by 8% (Young Voter Stragegies). Pew Research found the majority of young people prefer Democrats, and Republicans do not fair much better in our demographic than independents. 60% to 63% of young people "believe the country is on the wrong track.

The Top Issues in Need of Congressional Action according to Young People are:

1. Gas Prices
2. Education
3. Jobs and the Economy
4. Iraq

(according to Young Voter Strategies)

Here are some difficulties that Democrats and Progressives need to overcome with young voters:

Republicans lead Democrats on National Security among Young People:
Republicans lead Democrats on the issue of National Security by 19%, (Young Voter Strategies).

Republicans lead Democrats on Moral Values Issues:
Sorry, don't have a percentage here. My source is an AP article.

Democrats have not Convinced Young People that they are Better on Immigration:
Approval ratings for Republicans and Democrats are split among young people on immigration, (Young Voter Strategies).

Young People are Split 48/48 on Gay Marriage:
According to Pew Research.

Young Voter Turnout is Still Around 50%:
According to Pew Research, and only 24% of young people say they always vote. But 60% say they're registered.

This diary will explore how Democrats can A) improve their stats among young voters on specific issues, and B) galvanize the young vote.

I look forward to being a member of the My Left Wing community, thank you!




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