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Guide to Youth Voters in 2012 Election To Be Released: Findings of National Poll of Young People’s Views of 2012 Election, Issues & Candidates
Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Young voters may play a decisive role in this year’s elections. Before, during, and after Election Day, the preeminent youth research organization located at Tufts University – the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) – will provide data and analysis about these voters and the issues that matter most to them. Next week, CIRCLE will release the latest installment of a national youth-only poll commissioned by the Youth Engagement Fund (YEF). The poll investigates young Americans' views of the 2012 election, the economy, tuition costs, and other top national issues, as well as their understanding of voting laws. Next week’s YEF Survey data will reveal if young voters’ attitudes have changed since the summer - the previous iteration of this survey was released on July 31st. Many of the same respondents were surveyed both times, providing unique and rigorous insights into their changing views. CIRCLE will release the new YEF Survey findings on the following schedule:     Monday, October 29th – Youth Presidential candidate and issue preferences Tuesday, October 30th – Youth knowledge of their state’s voting laws Wednesday, October 31st – Analysis of youth poll data by race and ethnicity Thursday, November 1st – Analysis of the youth poll data by educational experience

Starting on Election Day, CIRCLE will also release information about youth participation in the election itself. The day after the election, on Wednesday, November 7th, CIRCLE will hold a telephonic press conference to announce the national youth voter turnout rate, providing the only estimate of youth voter turnout until Census data are released in the winter/spring. Youth turnout is the percentage of all eligible youth who voted. Please visit CIRCLE’s website to view a graphic explaining the difference between the youth share of the electorate and youth voter turnout. See the Backgrounder below for a summary of CIRCLE’s vast amount of youth voting-related research. CIRCLE will also hold a telephonic press conference on Monday, November 12th, to release its comprehensive analysis of young voters in the 2012 election.

BACKGROUND
Founded in 2001 and long recognized as the leading academic center on youth political engagement, CIRCLE provides a seasoned team of experts on young voters with a long history of speaking on-the-record about youth voting and related issues, such as civic education and youth in the media. CIRCLE has been tapped by numerous national, top-tier print, radio, and TV news outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, CNN, Politico, Fox News, Washington Post, USA Today, and the NY Times. CIRCLE’s mission is to serve as a non-partisan, independent research center that studies young people in politics and presents detailed data on young voters nationally and in all 50 states. CIRCLE is independent of all political parties and candidates/campaigns, and has been hailed by experts in the field of civic partnership such as Harvard University professor Robert Putnam, who said CIRCLE has brought “the best and most serious research to one place.” SELECT LIST OF DATA/RESEARCH AVAILABLE FROM CIRCLE: Size of the eligible youth population in 2012 – nationally and state-by-state; including breakdowns by race, ethnicity, education, gender, marital status. Overview here: http://www.civicyouth.org/quick-facts/youth-demographics/ National Youth Voter Turnout 1972-2010 – including breakdowns by race, ethnicity, education, gender, marital status. Overview here: http://www.civicyouth.org/new-census-data-confirm-increase-in-youthvoter-turnout-in-2008-election/ National Youth Voter Registration 1972-2010 – including breakdowns by race, ethnicity, education, gender, marital status. Overview here: http://www.civicyouth.org/featured-voter-registration-among-young-peoplein-2008/ State-by-State Youth Turnout and Registration data State youth voter turnout in 2008: http://www.civicyouth.org/new-census-data-confirmincrease-in-youth-voter-turnout-in-2008-election/ State youth voter registration trends: http://www.civicyouth.org/featured-voter-registrationamong-young-people-in-2008/ Interactive State-by-State Voting Map: This interactive 50-state map allows users to graphically view the trends in youth and older-adult voting in presidential elections since 1972. It includes the proportion of registered voters, how many voted in 2000, 2004 and 2008, as well as the youth Presidential vote choice and party ID in those years. Located on our homepage Research on what influences youth political engagement and what activities are positively

associated to youth voting Overview here: http://www.civicyouth.org/quick-facts/youth-voting/ Comprehensive analysis of youth civic and political engagement and how voting fits into that picture – available by interview As a vehicle to disseminate facts and information from empirical data through the election season, CIRCLE has launched YouthTruth – a campaign focused on dispelling myths about young voters and shattering stereotypes about this potentially decisive voting bloc.
### CIRCLE (www.civicyouth.org) is a nonpartisan, independent, academic research center that studies young people in politics and presents detailed data on young voters in all 50 states. CIRCLE was founded in 2001 with a generous gift from the Pew Charitable Trusts and is part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. CIRCLE's reputation for reliable, independent, timely research has been hailed by experts in the field of civic partnership, such as Harvard University professor Robert Putnam who said CIRCLE has brought "the best and most serious research to one place.” The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service (http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/) is a national leader whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement education. Serving every school of Tufts University, Tisch College creates an enduring culture that prepares students to be lifelong active citizens. Tufts University (http://www.tufts.edu/) located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized as one of the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.

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