Skip to comments.18-24 Voters Not Turning Out
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.
so much for "rock the vote".
I voted, and I know that most of my classmates did, too.
Maybe having to hear Springsteen croaking away all the time and looking 70 years old turned them off.
Didn't think they would. Young people will register but not bother to go and stand on line.
Hey P. Diddy, I guess they decided to Dive rather than Vote. Excellent Choice!
hey...I SHOWED UP!
Uh, I mean "Die".
Voting takes focus, skill, and follow-through. Stability helps. Not youthful traits.
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).
P Diddy will be deepzizzlely zizzlepointed...
Good, let the Left continue to waste money on failed endeavors. :)
I hope there's a good supply of crow because when Bush wins I'm gonna shove it in a lot of elitist mouths.
Vote or Die Mother F**ker!
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.
My son ,21 ,voted absentee!
They are not as afraid of the draft as Kerry had hoped
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.
So aptly named the Howard Dean effect...
Hey, I voted...20 years ago when I was 19! :-)
Most of P Diddy's and Eminem's listeners are too young to vote. I guess that didn't occur to these mental midgets.
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!!!
Or P diddy will put a cap in yo' azz!
Jeez, Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell were rhapsodizing ealier about the "huge" youth vote in Ohio.
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.
Fo' shizzle my bizzle
Very typical - too many other things to do in their lives. Furthermore, they register and then move....and move again....never re-register.....
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.
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.
I suppose that that depends on the person. I have 4 kids who are 18-24. All four voted- for President Bush.
Well Well.... That means that my daughter's vote and my son's vote was not offset.
Tell that to mmoore the fat man.
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?
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?
I guess Cameron Diaz scare tactics about legalizing rape didn't work.
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.
I worked at the polls for about 10 hours today and saw very very few 18-24 year olds.
Both my 19 year old daughter and my 20 yer old son voted and voted for BUSH! God Bless them.
Good for them. Smart girls!
Too busy protesting than to actually vote.
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.) :)
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.
When I was in college I voted absentee. Maybe the kids are sending votes home & not voting near campus.
Probably wasted from listening to Springsten.
Went over to DU and they are whining like hell the Rock the vote didnt turn out.One Dumocrat said "Draft em"!ROFLMAO!
I'm turning 28 next month, gramps!
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.