Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


Low voter turnout amount young adults in the United States is problematic especially compared to older adults. This paper will explore why there is a low young voter turnout rate. Recent literature has proposed that educational achievement and economic advancement has accounted for higher voter turnout in older adults, while the lack there of is attributed to lower young turnout. Other literature also points to apathy as a possible causation for low youth votes. The Youth don't realize the impact they can have on an election, or the impact the election can have on them, because of lack of interest. The latent variables underlining this is they haven't attained a level of education or economic assets they don't have as much sane to influence their voting participation. Through the use of the National Election Study of 2012, three charts are constructed: two bar graphs that show the relationship between education or income as a prediction of turnout and a multivariate regression chart to show apathy towards elections. Once analyzed, it will be determined if there is a significant correlation between educational attainment, economic status, and apathy as all possible independent variables for why the youth do not vote.


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