Survey Suggests Young People Unengaged With Politics and Voting, Engaged with Social Media
New data from Harvard University's Institute of Politics finds new evidence that young people are disenchanted with government and are not enthusiastic about voting in the Midterm elections, though are enthusiastic about spending time on social media, echoing in some respects the findings of a recent Pew survey.
Overall trust of Americans between 18 and 29 in institutions such as the President, Congress, the federal government, the U.S. military, the Supreme Court and the United Nations has been trending steadily downwards since February of 2010, an analysis of the survey data shows, with the average now at 32 percent down from 39 percent.
Only 24 percent of young Americans under 30 say they will definitely be voting in the Midterm elections, down 10 percentage points since the fall.
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