Presentation on theme: "Influences on Voter Turnout"— Presentation transcript:
1Influences on Voter Turnout Political Participation, Public Opinion, and Political Parties
2Factors 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
4Factors 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)
5Factors Affecting Voter Turnout Level of EducationIncomeAgeRace
6Cross Pressured VoterCaught between two conflicting elements in his or her own lifeReligionHigh IncomePeer Group
7Strong vs. Weak Party Voter How likely are you to vote for the other party?Straight Party Ticket?
8Other Factors Candidates Image How is a candidate perceived? Which candidate would you rather have dinner with?