Presentation on theme: "Influences on Voter Turnout"— Presentation transcript:
1 Influences on Voter Turnout Political Participation, Public Opinion, and Political Parties
2 Factors Affecting Voter Turnout Schooling and InformationMost educated vote the mostAge40-70 year olds – highest turnout18-25 year olds – lowest turnoutRaceAfrican-Americans vote at about the same rates as whites when comparing socio-economics
4 Factors Affecting Voter Preference GeographySouth (Republican), Northeast (Democrat)Stronger CandidatesTimeRealigning or critical elections (ex: 1932)Party Affiliations (strongest predictor)DemographicsSex, race, social class, religionIssuesRetrospective (have things gotten better)Prospective voting (looking ahead at what will be done)
5 Factors Affecting Voter Turnout Level of EducationIncomeAgeRace
6 Cross Pressured VoterCaught between two conflicting elements in his or her own lifeReligionHigh IncomePeer 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?