Voter Turnout - Voter Turnout percent of ppl who actually...

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Voter Turnout – percent of ppl who actually vote - Most common activity people do in order to participate in politics is voting. - Most people don’t “tune in” until elections come around What influences Voter Turnout? o Socioeconomic, demographic, and psychological characteristics Voting as a Two- Step Process o The first step is whether or not to participate o Once decision is made to vote, the second step is to decide how(or for whom) to vote - USA has an average voter turnout by registered voters of 66.5% (1945-2001); compared to other countries this is relatively low Do Americans vote less because they are alienated from politics o 1992 NES: “How much of the time do you think you can trust the gov in Washington to do what is right?” 78% of those who said just about always/ most of time said they voted 75% of those who said sometimes/ never said they voted Both of these sides are misrepresented o 1992 NES: “Do you think that ppl in gov waste a lot of money we pay in taxes, waste some of it, or don’t waste very much of it?’ 71% of those who said “not very much/ some” said they voted Compulsory Voting in Australia
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course POL SCI 1100 taught by Professor Overby during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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