11Nonvoters Millions of Americans do not vote when elections are held. 50 % voted in the 2000 Presidential election46 % voted for members of House
12Nonvoters Most don’t vote because: voting is in some way inconvenient they do not believe that their vote will make a differencethey distrust politics and political candidates.
13Sociological Factors Income and Occupation Education Gender and Age Religious and Ethnic BackgroundGeographyFamily and Other Groups
14Psychological Factors Party IdentificationThe loyalty of people to a particular political party is the single most significant and lasting predictor of how a person will vote.Candidates and IssuesCandidates and issues are two short-term factors that can influence even the most loyal Democrat or Republican. People may vote out of their chosen party if they dislike a candidate or the party’s stand on a particular issue.
15You Tell Me!Some people suggest that we should not try to increase voter turnout in this country b/c that would only encourage uninformed voting and result in bad choices made for the wrong reasons. Do you agree or disagree? Why?