Biggest Youth Voter Turnout in 20 Years

November 10, 2006

Energized by the Iraq war, and giving a boost to Democrats, about 24% of Americans under age 30 cast ballots in Tuesday's elections, the biggest youth turnout in at least 20 years. Youth turnout had previously peaked at 27% in 1982, during the Reagan administration. A poll by Harvard University's Institute of Politics last week showed that by a three-to-one margin, young Americans said the country was on the "wrong track." 46% favoured a total troop withdrawal from Iraq within a year, while one-third said troops should be withdrawn after the Iraqis take full control. Reuters