Fewer than 25 percent of young Americans currently plan to vote in the midterm election, according to the results of a youth poll conducted by the Harvard Institute on Politics.
The poll, released last week, is one of the longest-running surveys of 18- to 29-year-olds' attitudes on politics and civic engagement.
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"It's been clear for some time now that young people are growing more disillusioned and disconnected from Washington," said Harvard Institute of Politics Polling Director John Della Volpe. "There's an erosion of trust in the individuals and institutions that make government work — and now we see the lowest level of interest in any election we've measured since 2000. Young people still care about our country, but we will likely see more volunteerism than voting in 2014."
Among the findings: Conservatives are more likely to turn out this fall, and President Obama's approval rating has improved. Young voters are mixed on the questions of whether to legalize marijuana and who is responsible for growing income disparities.
On The Daily Circuit, we digest the poll results. What must the parties do to engage young voters?
If you're a young voter, do you think politicians are looking out for you? What's your view of the income gap? Leave your comments below.
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