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  1. Influences on Voter Turnout Political Participation, Public Opinion, and Political Parties

  2. Factors Affecting Voter Turnout • Schooling and Information • Most educated vote the most • Age • 40-70 year olds – highest turnout • 18-25 year olds – lowest turnout • Race • African-Americans vote at about the same rates as whites when comparing socio-economics

  3. Factors Affecting Voter Preference • Geography • South (Republican), Northeast (Democrat) • Stronger Candidates • Time • Realigning or critical elections (ex: 1932) • Party Affiliations (strongest predictor) • Demographics • Sex, race, social class, religion • Issues • Retrospective (have things gotten better) • Prospective voting (looking ahead at what will be done)

  4. Factors Affecting Voter Turnout • Level of Education • Income • Age • Race

  5. Cross Pressured Voter • Caught between two conflicting elements in his or her own life • Religion • High Income • Peer Group

  6. Strong vs. Weak Party Voter • How likely are you to vote for the other party? • Straight Party Ticket?

  7. Other Factors • Candidates Image • How is a candidate perceived? • Which candidate would you rather have dinner with?

  8. Percentage of Voter Turnout

  9. What About Positions on Issues? • Social Security • Health Care • Taxes • Education • Marriage Equality • Abortion • War on Terror • Environment

  10. Election 2013 • What are the issues being decided by the 2013 election?