For Every 10 U.S. Adults, Six Vote and Four Don't. What Separates Them?

9/13/2016 - Professor of Political Science Benjamin Highton in The New York Times.

While young people, poor people and Hispanics are often singled out for low voting rates, there are millions of nonvoters in every demographic group. In fact, the majority of people who didn’t vote in the 2012 presidential election were white, middle-income and middle-aged.

 

“Most of the differences between people who vote and those who don’t vote can be accounted for by motivational reasons — levels of political interest and engagement,” said Benjamin Highton, a professor of political science at the University of California, Davis. “And levels of political interest and engagement are strongly correlated with education and income.”

Read the full story in The New York Times.