GTY 154 - Chapter 15V2

GTY 154 - Chapter 15V2 - GTY 154 Politics How are older...

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GTY 154 Politics
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How are older adults politically active? Listen to and watch public affairs shows Give money to political parties Work on political campaigns Vote Run for office Political advocacy and activism
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Voting Voting is seen as an important obligation 89% ages 40-69: “a very important obligation” 93% ages 70+: “a very important obligation” Do older people consider themselves politically active? 7% ages 40-57: “very active” 6% ages 58-69: “very active” 9% ages 70+: “very active” How many older people get out and vote? Higher turnout than younger people in 2004 election Ages 65-74: 76.9% registered, 70.8% voted Ages 75+: 76.8% registered, 66.7% voted Some decline in voting after age 75 due to poor health or disability
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Voting Roughly the same proportions across party lines at all ages Do not always vote for only age-based interests More men than women Tendency to vote increases with higher education and higher income Minority groups Lower voting rates than general population Barriers Older minority members vote more than younger minority group members
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Voting May be more issue driven than by age alone Show support for school prayer, military, but also support for welfare, environmental protection, government based programs Baby Boomers compared to today’s older cohorts Feel they owe less obligation to the country Less obligation to participate in political process More liberal views of social policy Skeptical of traditional political process Feel they became more conservative with age
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course GTY 154 taught by Professor Fenster during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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GTY 154 - Chapter 15V2 - GTY 154 Politics How are older...

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