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Much of the mainstream discourse leading up to the Midterm Elections swirled around whether young voters would turn out. As an historically shaky voting block, students had an uphill climb toward boosting their credibility. In the 2014 Midterm Elections, Tuft's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimated only 18% of college students turned out to vote. In the run-up to these Midterms, College Reaction - along with other polling outfits - predicted a notable surge in the voting rate among young people.

College Reaction conducted a poll in late September predicting the percentage of students who reported their likeliness to vote as either "Definite" "Maybe" or "Unlikely." We re-polled 1,044 respondents from the original 3,633 student sample on November 7th and 8th.


Key findings:

•    87.48% of those who reported they would “Definitely” vote, did vote.

•    50.13% of those who reported they would “Maybe” vote, did vote.

•    54.74% of those who voted were Democrats.

•    19.88% of those who voted were Republicans.

•    90.97% of Democrats who reported they would “Definitely” vote, did vote.

•    78.26% of Republicans who reported they would “Definitely” vote, did vote.

•    27.78% of Republicans who reported they were “Unlikely” to vote, did vote.

•    74.40% of those Registered voted.


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