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1 Influences on Voter Turnout Political Participation, Public Opinion, and Political Parties

2 Factors Affecting Voter Turnout  Schooling and Information  Most educated vote the most  Age  year olds – highest turnout  year olds – lowest turnout  Race  African-Americans vote at about the same rates as whites when comparing socio- economics

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4 Factors Affecting Voter Preference  Geography  South (Republican), Northeast (Democrat)  Stronger Candidates  Time  Realigning or critical elections (ex: 1932)  Party Affiliations (strongest predictor)  Demographics  Sex, race, social class, religion  Issues  Retrospective (have things gotten better)  Prospective voting (looking ahead at what will be done)

5 Factors Affecting Voter Turnout  Level of Education  Income  Age  Race

6 Cross Pressured Voter  Caught between two conflicting elements in his or her own life  Religion  High Income  Peer Group

7 Strong vs. Weak Party Voter  How likely are you to vote for the other party?  Straight Party Ticket?

8 Other Factors  Candidates Image  How is a candidate perceived?  Which candidate would you rather have dinner with? Which candidate would you rather have dinner with?

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11 Year% Turnout % % % % % % % % % % % % % Percentage of Voter Turnout

12 What About Positions on Issues?  Social Security  Health Care  Taxes  Education  Marriage Equality  Abortion  War on Terror  Environment

13 Election 2014  What are the issues being decided by the 2014 Gubernatorial election?

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