Nov 3, 2022 - Politics & Policy
A partner who votes: A nice perk, not a dealbreaker
Voting is important — but not so important that it'd be a relationship deal-breaker for most young Americans, according to a new Generation Lab/Axios survey.
By the numbers: Over half of young people said they would be unfazed to learn that their partner didn't vote; just 3% said that would be grounds to end a relationship.
- Similarly, almost 70% said they wouldn't be any more inclined to swipe right on a potential date whose profile indicated that they had voted.
Yes, but: The pollsters behind the Generation Lab survey said their numbers signal a potential for high youth turnout this cycle: 34% of young people said they're absolutely certain to vote, and 25% say they will probably vote.
- Similarly, a national poll from Harvard's Institute of Politics found 40% of 18-to-29-year-olds will "definitely" vote on Nov. 8.
The big picture: Young voters are a key piece of Democrats' coalition, but surveys suggest they need to do more to energize this group.
- As early vote numbers climb past 15 million, young people have so far made up a smaller share of absentee and early voters compared to the 2020 election.