Actually, Marijuana Legalization Might Improve Relative Youth Turnout

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 1:01 pm

It appears that marijuana legalization on the ballot may actually improve youth turnout. Over at FiveThirtyEight Harry Enten disputes this conventional wisdom, but I believe his argument suffers from two important flaws.


How Marijuana Legalization Could End up Saving Democratic Control of the Senate

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 1:02 pm

Thanks to a strange series of coincidences marijuana legalization could now be what helps Democrats narrowly maintain control of the Senate — even though not one Senate Democrat is willing to publicly support this popular change yet.

Pot Legalization on the Ballot Dramatically Increased Youth Turnout

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 1:44 pm

The lesson for politicians and political strategists appears to be that if you want to significantly increase youth turnout, make the election about legalizing marijuana.

Young Voters Are Not Engaged

By: Friday July 13, 2012 5:38 pm

The number of young people who say they will “definitely vote” this November is very low compared with both other age groups and previous election cycles. Currently just 58 percent of registered voters under 30 definitely plan to vote in this election.

Even in Loss, Prop 19 Got More Votes Than Every Major GOP Candidate

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 1:15 pm

Support for Prop 19 statewide in California is apparently less “fringe” than support for the Republican Party.

Poll Finds Evidence Prop 19 is Motivating Young Voters

By: Tuesday October 26, 2010 4:20 pm

Yes, marijuana legalization can motivate young people to vote. There is new evidence from PPP that Proposition 19, the effort legalize marijuana in California, is in fact motivating people to go vote this year.

CA Prop 19: Evidence Mounts That Marijuana Initiative Will Drive Youth Turnout

By: Monday October 4, 2010 8:59 am

There is a growing body of evidence that California’s Proposition 19, which would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana, will drive an increase in youth turnout this year. Marijuana legalization is very popular with young voters, and they are very tuned in to news about Prop 19. Both macro and micro indicators point to higher than normal turnout among young voters this midterm in California, and that increase loops back to the presence of the marijuana initiative on the ballot.

Hard to Get Higher: Prop 19 Has Unprecedented Awareness Among Young CA Voters

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 12:35 pm

Voters in California have heard or seen something about Proposition 19 at levels almost unheard of for any other ballot measure anywhere in the country. Among young voters, awareness of Prop 19, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana, is at an unprecedented (and almost impossible to believe) 94 percent.

Support For Prop 19 Climbs Significantly, Time to Get Out the Younger Vote

By: Sunday September 26, 2010 1:30 pm

Support for California Proposition 19, which would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, increased significantly in the latest Field Poll (PDF). Yes on Prop 19 is now winning 49% compared to 42% against.

Participation Crisis: The Left is in for a Rude Awakening this Fall

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 2:15 pm

Author Anthony DiMaggio describes the decline of electoral participation among the young and minorities and the implications for the midterms

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