Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


Public participation in American politics has long been discussed as deficient at best, falling far short of democracy’s goal of an enlightened and participatory citizenry. In no age group is this more apparent than America’s young adults, particularly those in their early years of voting eligibility. This segment of the population has been repeatedly criticized for their disinterest and lack of involvement in politics, primarily because only a small number of young adults vote in elections. In fact, several researchers argue that young adults are less likely to participate in politics than ever before (Astin, Parrott, Korn, and Sax 1997; Bennett and Bennett 1990). Many scholars have concluded that there is little hope for any significant increase in participation by this segment of the population.