The role of young voters in 2020

Stickers and pins that read "I voted" sit in a basket.
Stickers and pins that read "I voted" sit in a basket at the Ramsey County Elections Plato Building in St. Paul.
Lacey Young | MPR News

The novel coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we think about politics and the upcoming general election. In fact, concerns about the pandemic — and access to health care and mental health services — have risen as a top issue for voters under the age of 30.

Recent polling also found that young voters are slightly more likely to vote this November than they were in the 2016 general election, mobilized in part by their feelings about President Trump. At this time, former Vice President Joe Biden leads among 18- to 29-year-olds most likely to vote. 

Kerri Miller talked with a pollster and a political scientist about young voters; how a changing world affects their viewpoints; and what this election could look like for young voters of color. This is the second of two shows on voting during a pandemic. You can listen to our first conversation here.


  • John Della Volpe is director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics.

  • Stella M. Rouse is an associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. Rouse is also the author of two books, including “The Politics of Millennials: Political Beliefs and Policy Preferences of America’s Most Diverse Generation.”

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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