Remember when Parkland anti-NRA activist David Hogg said he was going to take a year off before starting college so he could devote time to the midterm elections and getting young people registered?
David Hogg, one of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School's most visible student activists, will postpone his first year of college to devote time to political causes https://t.co/Wlmf1MKSBB pic.twitter.com/ZEL25AB7IP
— CNN (@CNN) April 9, 2018
According to a new study published in The Washington Post, whatever Hogg is doing isn’t working.
A Washington Post analysis of voter registration data tracked by Aristotle Inc. finds hardly any change in the overall share of registered voters ages 18 to 29 since the Parkland shootings. https://t.co/I2JyrvyHqW
— Katie Zezima (@katiezez) August 1, 2018
Huh. We thought the young people were going to change everything. You know: “The young people are going to win.”
Analysis: Are young voters going to sway the midterms? New data show that’s not very likely. https://t.co/TTHS4buwO3
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 1, 2018
… a Washington Post analysis of voter registration data tracked by Aristotle Inc. finds hardly any change in the overall share of registered voters ages 18 to 29 since the Parkland shootings. That, coupled with low enthusiasm from the youngest voters and the group’s history of anemic turnout in midterm elections, does not point to under-30 voters having a huge impact in November.
The new analysis compared the share of all registered voters ages 18 to 29 in eight battleground Senate states before and after the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting.
In Florida, where the Parkland shooting occurred, Aristotle data shows 16.2 percent of registered voters before the shooting were between 18 and 29. That is almost identical to the percent in mid-April, the last time we got new data from that state.
But … they marched on Washington and everything. George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey gave a combined $1 million toward the effort, and the March for Our Lives group claimed to have millions left over to spend on voter registration drives. What happened?
"This time young voters will turnout and make the difference" is something campaigns and pundits have been saying at least since 1972. I hope this year it's the case, but data and history suggest otherwise. https://t.co/r6OIhUiaBx
— Peter Loge (@ploge) August 1, 2018
Democrats are delusional, gullible, and generally devoid of logic. They’ve been saying since WWII that the GOP is dead. Same refrain, every two years, for 7 decades. Never pans out. You’d think they’d learn.
— Rufus Clay Banger (@RufusClayBanger) August 1, 2018
— Henry Gunn (@Henry_Gunn) August 1, 2018
Young voters won’t even vote
— Amy Sedlatschek (@amysuds) August 2, 2018
I am sure there will be something on netflix that day to keep them home
— joeydogs (@joeydogs99) August 1, 2018
Good news: David Hogg to postpone college to devote time to midterm elections https://t.co/xh2ogLVx1I
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 9, 2018