New poll: Young people energized for unprecedented 2020 election

Young people prefer Biden by 34 points; youth engagement is higher than 2016 and 2018, though campaign outreach still a concern in both parties
A graph showing large gains in youth activism from 2018 to 2020
Image courtesy of CIRCLE and Tisch College

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (June 30, 2020)-Young people are interested and engaged in the 2020 election, believe they can make a difference, and stand ready to make their voices hear, perhaps in historic numbers, according to a new national poll of young Americans out today from researchers at Tufts University’s Tisch College. With this potential electoral power, today’s survey results show that young voters overwhelmingly prefer presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden to incumbent President Donald Trump.

The 2020 CIRCLE/Tisch College Youth Poll offers important insights, revealing that youth are more active and engaged than in 2016 and 2018 and reporting much higher rates of protesting and peer-to-peer voter outreach.

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