(TheRedWire.com) – Matthew Foster from Tennessee is only 27 years old and is not planning to vote in the 2024 presidential election. While Foster had briefly attended Congress, he left school to pursue a different job opportunity. As he told Newsweek, he currently feels completely detached from the political process, and it was not something that he was considering.
This disinterest in politics expressed by Foster is not unique to him. According to a Tufts University Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) study, it is a perspective that many young Americans share with him. The study’s findings, which were made available at the end of November, suggest that young Americans without college experience, rural nonwhite, and black youths are the demographics that are most unlikely to participate in the presidential election.
The CIRCLE study defined youths as those between 18 and 34 with varying interest levels in politics. Of those in that group, only around 57 percent had stated that they were “extremely likely” to vote.
The study found that the percentage of those “extremely likely” to vote dropped further when it came to rural nonwhite youths, with only 48 percent stating the same. Among those without college experience, 41 percent said they were “extremely likely” to vote. Similarly, this was a view expressed by only 44 percent of Black youths.
In terms of preferences in terms of candidates, CIRCLE determined that 51 percent preferred a Democratic candidate, 30 percent a Republican, and 16 percent continued to be undecided.
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