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18-24 Voters Not Turning Out
AP ^

Posted on 11/02/2004 6:25:59 PM PST by hawaiian

Nov 2, 9:02 PM EST

2004 Not a Breakout for Youth After All

By SIOBHAN McDONOUGH Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- This was not the breakout year for young voters that some had anticipated. Fewer than one in 10 voters Tuesday were 18 to 24, about the same proportion of the electorate as in 2000, exit polls indicated. Still, with voter turnout expected to be higher overall, more young people appeared to have come out.

A vigorous push on college campuses by both parties and national mobilization drives had raised expectations that 2004 would be the year of the youth vote.

Exit polls indicated that young people who did vote were strongly supporting Democrat John Kerry over President Bush, while they were evenly split between Bush and Democrat Al Gore four years ago.

The exit polls were conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.


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KEYWORDS: youthvote
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1 posted on 11/02/2004 6:25:59 PM PST by hawaiian
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To: hawaiian

so much for "rock the vote".


2 posted on 11/02/2004 6:26:34 PM PST by smonk
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To: hawaiian

I voted, and I know that most of my classmates did, too.


3 posted on 11/02/2004 6:26:43 PM PST by Cathryn Crawford (¿Podemos ahora sonreír?)
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To: hawaiian

Maybe having to hear Springsteen croaking away all the time and looking 70 years old turned them off.


4 posted on 11/02/2004 6:27:01 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: hawaiian

Didn't think they would. Young people will register but not bother to go and stand on line.


5 posted on 11/02/2004 6:27:03 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: hawaiian

Hey P. Diddy, I guess they decided to Dive rather than Vote. Excellent Choice!


6 posted on 11/02/2004 6:27:19 PM PST by Sociopathocracy (John Kerry - Traitor, Wind Surfer, Gigolo - Your 15 Minutes Are Up!)
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To: hawaiian

hey...I SHOWED UP!


7 posted on 11/02/2004 6:27:38 PM PST by cdbull23
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To: hawaiian
Probably just as well:


8 posted on 11/02/2004 6:27:48 PM PST by BenLurkin (We have low inflation and and low unemployment.)
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To: Sociopathocracy

Uh, I mean "Die".


9 posted on 11/02/2004 6:27:54 PM PST by Sociopathocracy (John Kerry - Traitor, Wind Surfer, Gigolo - Your 15 Minutes Are Up!)
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To: hawaiian

Voting takes focus, skill, and follow-through. Stability helps. Not youthful traits.


10 posted on 11/02/2004 6:27:54 PM PST by Huck (I only type LOL when I am really LOL)
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To: hawaiian

Duh!
They can't bother to show up for work, why would they come out to vote? (fellow hard working Conservative Gen Y'ers excepted, of course).


11 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:10 PM PST by mabelkitty (Mabelkitty and Mr. Mabelkitty voted for W today.)
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To: hawaiian

P Diddy will be deepzizzlely zizzlepointed...


12 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:12 PM PST by clintonh8r
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To: smonk

Good, let the Left continue to waste money on failed endeavors. :)


13 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:20 PM PST by Stellar Dendrite (<<<<<.........Halloween is OVER, let's send Lurch back to Massachusetts...........>>>>>>>>>)
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To: hawaiian

I hope there's a good supply of crow because when Bush wins I'm gonna shove it in a lot of elitist mouths.


14 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:26 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: hawaiian

Vote or Die Mother F**ker!


15 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:27 PM PST by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: hawaiian

I voted. Monkey-wrenching dem plans with my straight-(or libertarian in R-less lost cause races - Mitch Covington)R ticket. This 21 year old voted for Bush.


16 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:32 PM PST by mbennett203
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To: hawaiian

My son ,21 ,voted absentee!


17 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:37 PM PST by Renegade
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To: hawaiian

They are not as afraid of the draft as Kerry had hoped


18 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:38 PM PST by foolscap
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To: hawaiian

Ha! Just as I suspected. I kept hearing from a liberal colleague that there would be way more young people voting. While there were more young people, the proportion was about the same.


19 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:40 PM PST by freakboy
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To: hawaiian

So aptly named the Howard Dean effect...


20 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:43 PM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: hawaiian

Hey, I voted...20 years ago when I was 19! :-)


21 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:48 PM PST by Freepdonia (Victory is Ours!)
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To: hawaiian

Most of P Diddy's and Eminem's listeners are too young to vote. I guess that didn't occur to these mental midgets.


22 posted on 11/02/2004 6:28:56 PM PST by Holden Magroin
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To: areafiftyone

he he...well, my girls voted and they are age 18 and 20. Of COURSE, they voted Bush. Since they are TV free and so am I, they are glued to the radio and I am glued to FR!!!


23 posted on 11/02/2004 6:29:07 PM PST by MTMS (Thanks to MY mom for teaching us kids the RIGHT things :))
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To: Phantom Lord

Or P diddy will put a cap in yo' azz!


24 posted on 11/02/2004 6:29:12 PM PST by flashbunny (Every thought that enters my head requires its own vanity thread.)
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To: hawaiian

Jeez, Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell were rhapsodizing ealier about the "huge" youth vote in Ohio.


25 posted on 11/02/2004 6:29:21 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers (Proud Reagan Alumna!)
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To: hawaiian

Sunday on the McLaughlin Group" Larry (Liar Liar) O'Donnell said the most important tape of the election was not OBL but Eminem's get out the vote.


26 posted on 11/02/2004 6:29:24 PM PST by Semper Paratus (Michael)
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To: clintonh8r

Fo' shizzle my bizzle


27 posted on 11/02/2004 6:29:39 PM PST by skaterboy (BUSH 306 KERRY 232)
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To: hawaiian

Very typical - too many other things to do in their lives. Furthermore, they register and then move....and move again....never re-register.....


28 posted on 11/02/2004 6:29:42 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Phantom Lord

This isn't that bad of news for Puff Daddy, but I'm sure he is too stupid to realize that even though the proportion was the same, the raw numbers were higher.


29 posted on 11/02/2004 6:29:43 PM PST by freakboy
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To: hawaiian

My 21-year old and 18-year old sons had the privilege to vote today for the Presidential Race for the first time ever. My oldest son voted absentee ballot last week, as he is away at college. My 18-year old (just turned 18 last Thursday) - went to vote with my husband and I this morning. It was an awesome feeling. We'll have to wait a few more years until my 13-year old son can vote.


30 posted on 11/02/2004 6:29:54 PM PST by MasonGal
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To: hawaiian

I suppose that that depends on the person. I have 4 kids who are 18-24. All four voted- for President Bush.


31 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:03 PM PST by HomeschoolGenealogistMom
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To: hawaiian

Well Well.... That means that my daughter's vote and my son's vote was not offset.



HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tell that to mmoore the fat man.


32 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:05 PM PST by duffer
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To: hawaiian

Maybe they though "Rock the Vote" meant "crack rocks for votes," and were disappointed that no illegal drugs are availble inside the little voting booth. Just Marlboros, in Wisconsin, like last time?
After all, Al Gore was a tobbacco farmer, wan't he?


33 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:09 PM PST by scottybk (Asking Americans to vote for Kerry on defense is like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders.)
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To: hawaiian

good. the uninformed should not vote, esp if they are still living at home and not paying taxes.

no offense to all the young folks out there- conservatism is definitely making a comeback!

i'm 32...does that make me old?


34 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:10 PM PST by steve dubya
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To: hawaiian

I guess Cameron Diaz scare tactics about legalizing rape didn't work.


35 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:16 PM PST by freakboy
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To: Phantom Lord

LOL!


36 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:20 PM PST by American Butterfly
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To: Cathryn Crawford

Yeah, but most 18-24 year olds are not spending their evening surfing Free Republic. You are the exception not the norm. Hell when I was in that age group, I voted, but I went drinking that night, just like any other night.


37 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:23 PM PST by Sthitch
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To: hawaiian

I worked at the polls for about 10 hours today and saw very very few 18-24 year olds.


38 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:24 PM PST by tfelice
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To: hawaiian

Both my 19 year old daughter and my 20 yer old son voted and voted for BUSH! God Bless them.


39 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:26 PM PST by sierrahome (Department of Redundancy Department)
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To: MTMS

Good for them. Smart girls!


40 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:27 PM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: hawaiian

Too busy protesting than to actually vote.


41 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:38 PM PST by Always Right
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To: hawaiian
Fewer than one in 10 voters Tuesday were 18 to 24, about the same proportion of the electorate as in 2000

Phish concerts, weed and multiple viewings of Michael Moore's cinematic craptaculars remain -- all things being equal -- reliable indicators of congenital slackerdom.

(Note To Any 18-24 FReepers Reading This: you're all excluded from the above, of course.) :)

42 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:45 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: hawaiian
Wasn't it CarVILE that said that campaigns that relied on unexpected voters had a name; LOSERS.
43 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:46 PM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: Huck

Here's my take.
Voting was just so mainstream, and turning out Bush was the establishment thing to do.
That doesn't exactly sound like something youthful Americans do - sure, they jump on bandwagons, but man, they reject the hard sell and Bush is counter-culture at this point. Ollie North was the hero for our generation when everyone else was hating his gutts.
It still applies.


44 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:46 PM PST by mabelkitty (Mabelkitty and Mr. Mabelkitty voted for W today.)
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To: hawaiian

When I was in college I voted absentee. Maybe the kids are sending votes home & not voting near campus.


45 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:48 PM PST by madison10
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To: hawaiian

Probably wasted from listening to Springsten.


46 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:51 PM PST by the_rightside (Union Corruption : http://www.nlpc.org/artindx.asp)
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To: MTMS

Went over to DU and they are whining like hell the Rock the vote didnt turn out.One Dumocrat said "Draft em"!ROFLMAO!


47 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:55 PM PST by JessieHelmsJr
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To: hawaiian

I voted!


48 posted on 11/02/2004 6:30:59 PM PST by Zeppelin (John Kerry - Because holding every position on every issue is not easy.)
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To: steve dubya

I'm turning 28 next month, gramps!


49 posted on 11/02/2004 6:31:09 PM PST by scottybk (Asking Americans to vote for Kerry on defense is like asking a chicken to vote for Colonel Sanders.)
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To: hawaiian

maybe they are smarter then you think. maybe they are not sure which way to jump???

this is the first time i have voted in all local races. here 7 years.


50 posted on 11/02/2004 6:31:20 PM PST by camas
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