Presentation on theme: "Influences on Voter Turnout Political Participation, Public Opinion, and Political Parties."— Presentation transcript:
Influences on Voter Turnout Political Participation, Public Opinion, and Political Parties
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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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)
Factors Affecting Voter Turnout Level of Education Income Age Race
Cross Pressured Voter Caught between two conflicting elements in his or her own life Religion High Income Peer Group
Strong vs. Weak Party Voter How likely are you to vote for the other party? Straight Party Ticket?
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?