Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

David Shafie


Millennials are a very large generation, the second largest in the US history. More than half of the millennials are already of voting age adults, have graduated from schools or college, and are into careers. Millennials are often described with more than a bit of a sneer, as the new "me" generation and have always participated in politics at a lower rate due to a various reasons such as the generation’s size, demographics, and views on cultural, foreign policy, role of government, and economic issues which somehow, make them unique when compared to the older generation. This research will analyze data and test the hypothesis from The Voice of the People End of the year 2012 Survey which has presented that the outcome of young adults with a graduate degree, have lower voting rates of only 12% than adults of ages 55-65 who have higher voting rates of about 21%. These numbers are quite astonishing since we automatically assume that the younger generation are prone to be affected by current public policies. This research will compare the millennials of the United States to Western Europe and determine whether millennials in Western Europe were just as unlikely to participate in politics or if they consider voting to be their civic duty.


Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.