Millions of young adults are eager to go to the polls this year and are expected to be the largest share of voters, a YouGov poll conducted on behalf of the UC system found.
According to a UC Newsroom press release, the UC system surveyed members of the California youth population on their feelings about civic engagement, casting a ballot and the causes they are passionate about. The press release said the poll, administered between May 28 and June 5, surveyed 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24.
“Now, more than ever, with the COVID-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter protests, we are seeing the impact that elected leaders and their policies have on our lives and our communities,” said Sam Roberts, a recent UC Riverside graduate, in the press release.
The findings follow the national trend of youths being increasingly involved in politics, according to the press release. YouGov found in its survey that 70% of young voters in California had registered to vote prior to the Oct. 19 voter registration deadline. More than half of those surveyed told YouGov they intend to vote.
Additionally, the poll results revealed that young voters are concerned about the country’s future and are subsequently interested in voting, according to the press release. Those surveyed are especially in favor of simplifying voting and trust the vote-by-mail system.
According to the press release, the study revealed a link between higher education and civic engagement: Those who attend college learn how to register to vote and are thus more likely to cast a ballot.
The results of the poll indicate that most young adults are interested in the presidential campaign, and 60% have influenced others to support a certain candidate, the press release said.
Young people, with their varying political beliefs, are more likely to encourage family members to vote and raise awareness on social media, the press release said. Additionally, approximately 20% of young adults have donated or volunteered to aid a political campaign and their desired candidate or cause.
“The more students talk about why voting is important and the issues they care about, the more their friends start posting and it becomes something everyone’s talking about,” Roberts said in the press release.