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Youth Voter Registration Highest in 30 Years

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on October 9, 2007

CIRCLE – A nonpartisan research center studying youth civic engagement and civic education. » FEATURED: Voter Registration Among Young People

graphFEATURED: Voter Registration Among Young People
Research Format: CIRCLE

by Karlo Barrios Marcelograph

September 2007

The voter registration rate in presidential elections among young people reached its highest level in thirty years in 2004. Seventy percent of young people, ages 18-29, said they were registered to vote in the 2004 Presidential election, according to analysis of the Current Population Survey, November (Voting) Supplement. This rise in registration rates is promising for the youth vote since registering to vote is sometimes more difficult than the act of voting itself. This fact sheet also contains information on how citizens register to vote and, if they do not register to vote, the reasons why some do not register to vote.

Read “Voter Registration Among Young People.”

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Young Voters Prefer Dems, 62%-30%

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on October 9, 2007

Gmail – [yda-discuss] Young Voters Prefer Dems, 62%-30%

Generic Congressional Ballot

Democrats 48% Republicans 36%

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that, if the Congressional Election were held today, 48% of American voters say they would vote for the Democrat in their district and 36% would opt for the Republican. While that’s a bit closer than last month’s 18-point advantage for the Democrats, it’s the third straight month Nancy Pelosi’s Party has enjoyed a double-digit lead.

While Democrats lead among all age groups, their biggest advantage remains among the young. Among those under 30, Democrats lead by a 62% to 30% margin. They also have a five-point edge among white voters along with an enormous lead among minority voters.

The 48% support this month and 50% support last month have been the highest levels enjoyed by the Democrats this year. Prior to reaching these past two months, support for Democrats had stayed in the 45% to 47% range for six consecutive monthly surveys.

Support for Republicans had ranged from 32% to 38% over the past eight months.

A separate release showed that, during the month of September, 37.2% of Americans considered themselves to be Democrats and 32.6% were Republicans. That’s little changed from August and one more indication of a generally positive political environment for the Democrats.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters see most Democrats in Congress as politically liberal while 42% say most Democrats in Congress are politically moderate. Those figures are little changed over the past month (see tracking history).

Perceptions of Republicans in Congress moved a bit back towards the center over the past month. Forty-five percent (45%) see most Republicans in Congress as politically conservative, down from 48% in September but up from 43% in August (see tracking history).Thirty-five percent (35%) now see the GOP Representatives as politically moderate. That figure is up three from a month ago.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters say Democrats are Very Likely to retain control of Congress following the 2008 elections. Another 39% say they are Somewhat Likely to retain control.

Democrats are still trusted more than Republicans on key issues tracked by Rasmussen Reports.

Rasmussen Reports updates the Generic Congressional Ballot on a monthly basis. The Presidential Tracking Poll is updated daily.

Rasmussen Reports continuously updates key polling stats for all Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates along with ratings for Members of Congress, Other Political Figures, and Journalists.

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Stonewall Democrats Congratulate New YDA Leadership

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on July 26, 2007

Stonewall Democrats Press Release

Today, the National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) congratulated a newly-elected leadership of the Young Democrats of America (YDA) , including two openly-gay Stonewall Democrats who will now lead the organization as President and Executive Vice-President through 2009.

“Young voters are the new base of the Democratic Party, and we are proud that the Young Democrats of America support equality for LGBT families and have placed their faith in the leadership of two great Democratic leaders who happen to be gay,” said Jo Wyrick, NSD Executive Director. “The future of our party now has an opportunity to demonstrate to all Democrats how fully engaging our community is politically viable and smart.”

On Sunday, David Hardt (Texas) was elected as President of the Young Democrats of America with 93% of the delegate votes during the organization’s national convention in Dallas. Also elected on Sunday was Chris Anderson (Tennessee) as the organization’s Executive Vice President. The election of Hardt and Anderson mark the first time that the Young Democrats of America will be led by an openly-gay leadership team.

The Young Democrats of America GLBT Caucus also elected its new leadership on Saturday, including the election of NSD Board Member Kyle Bailey (Georgia) as Caucus Vice-Chair. Bailey also serves as President of the Atlanta Stonewall Democrats. The other elected GLBT Caucus officers include Rachel Kau-Tayler (California) as Caucus Chair, Rob Hudson (Florida) as Caucus Secretary and Byron LaMasters (Texas) as Caucus Treasurer.

The Young Democrats of America have undertaken a dramatic outreach to LGBT Democrats over the past several years. Congruently, the National Stonewall Democrats have also increased their outreach to LGBT Young and College Democrats. NSD has established youth scholarships for national trainings, including the “Keith Smith Fund” designed to honor the outreach work of former NSD Board Member Keith Smith of Oklahoma. Over the past two years, young leaders within the Stonewall Democrats have also established Stonewall Young Democrats chapters across the country, which serve to organize LGBT Youth within the Democratic Party.

As the official youth arm of the Democratic Party, YDA mobilizes young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoral process, influence the ideals of the Democratic Party and develops the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders at the local and national level. YDA has 43 chartered states and US territories with over 1,500 local chapters. In 2003, members of the National Stonewall Democrats authored and passed language adopted by YDA which declared the organization’s support for civil marriage for same-sex couples.


National Stonewall Democrats is the only national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Democrats, with more than 90 local chapters across the nation. NSD is committed to working through the Democratic Party to advance the rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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