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The Informal Political Methods of Political Participation Among Youth Voters
by Igwe, Nneka, M.A., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2018, 53; 27739736
Abstract (Summary)

The youth population remains one of America’s forgotten demographic from politics and decision-making. Youth voters are said to not have political interest, skills, experience in committing to community projects and political activities. Public officials’ often struggle to reach the youth population which results to this demographic being overlooked. This study aims to review political and sociological literature which has examined youth voters’ political activities and their political attitudes. I will argue that youth voters are consistently non active political participants. I also argue that the Authoritarian personalities prevents an individual from becoming active and engaged citizens. A survey was created in which 306 William Paterson University students answered questions pertaining to political activities, political affiliations/groups and a Likert Scale testing authoritarian attitudes. The tests are: one Linear Regression and three Independent sample T-Test, to determine whether the authoritarian personality and physiological features and actions of youth voters can be proven vital determinants to youth voters’ participation. The results state that youth voters are politically active regardless of race, gender and political attitudes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thompson, Michael
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Public Policy and International Affairs
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: MAI 81/8(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Political science
Keywords: Authoritarian attitudes, Political activities, Political engagement, Political participation, Voting behaviors, Youth voters
Publication Number: 27739736
ISBN: 9781658423663
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