Presentation on theme: "Political Socialization Unit 6. Political Socialization What is it? Process of developing political values and beliefs Where does the process begin?"— Presentation transcript:
Political Socialization What is it? Process of developing political values and beliefs Where does the process begin? Family What is a demographic? The characteristics of human population segments
Demographic Factors Race and Ethnicity Gender Age Religious Beliefs Region What are some other demographic factors??.......
QUIZ Which of the following are more likely to vote? 1. White or African American? 2. Educated or Non-educated? 3. Midwest or South? 4. Wealthy or Poor? 5. Younger or Middle Age? 6. Name two reasons why voter turnout is so low. 7. Name one way we could increase voter turnout.
Patterns in Voter Turnout Conventional v. Unconventional political participation Conventional Voting, letters to govt. officials, political contributions Unconventional Protests, boycotts, picketing Turnout 40% vote regularly 25% occasionally 35% rarely Higher Education, more voters Why?
Income Higher the income, more votes Education level, system “works for them” Age 30-70 have highest voter turnout 18-24, less than half are registered Why? Gender About the same Race and Ethnicity Whites vote more than minorities
Reasons for Not Voting Too busy Hassle to Register Too many elections 2 elections EVERY year Apathy No connection to candidates Difficulty of Absentee voting
Improving Voter Turnout Election Day: National holiday Elections on Weekends Voting WEEK Motor Voter Act Same day registration Automatically registered when you turn 18 Strengthening Parties Online Voting Tax credit for voting