The turnout among young voters is expected to exceed or match the levels of turnout in the 2018 election according to the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.
A recent poll by the institute showed that 40 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 20 had said that they would “definitely” be voting in the upcoming midterm elections. This is a similar percentage to the one ahead of the 2018 election.
Around 18 percent of all respondents also said that there is a “50-50” chance of them casting a ballot. Twelve percent also said that they would “definitely” not vote in the upcoming elections.
The poll also found that 47 percent of white respondents, 36 percent of Black respondents, and 30 percent of Hispanic respondents, said they would cast their vote.
Among young voters, 57 percent said that they were hoping the Democrats would control Congress, while 31 percent said the Republicans should have control.
In terms of the key issues for this midterm election, 29 percent said that inflation was the most important issue to be dealt with. Sixteen percent said it was important to safeguard democracy and abortion access, while 14 percent appear to consider climate change a key concern.
Young respondents also had a high percentage, 73 percent, of people who claim that the rights of other Americans were threatened. Only 6 percent appeared to disagree with the statement. Fifty-nine percent also said that their rights were under attack, while 15 percent disagreed with that statement.
Joe Biden’s approval rate according to this poll is around 39 percent, marking a 2 percent drop.