Are Younger Voters Differ From Older Voters Of Terms Of Party Identification And Ideology?

1623 Words Dec 8th, 2016 7 Pages
The broad question I will be looking into is “Are younger voters differ from older voters in terms of party identification and ideology?”. I believe that this is an incredibly interesting question, especially due to the questions regarding party and voter loyalty in the days and weeks following the results of the election. Despite polls (dramatically) showing the opposite, Donald Trump won handily, and age may have had a lot to do with this. Enthusiastic younger voters – many voting for the first time – seemingly were far more fervent supporters of either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump than older voters (who may have stuck to more moderate or traditional candidates). Bernie Sanders’ loss at the DNC may have lost the democratic party, and therefore Hillary Clinton, the votes of many younger Americans. That loss of young voters coupled with Donald Trump’s retention of the same demographic may have been at least partially responsible for his unpredicted win. The goal of this analysis is to prove that younger voters have increasingly different ideological and voting patterns than older voters – even within the same party. Using this premise, I believe that I can at least attempt to show the impact that age had on the election of 2016. The broad question will be answered using several hypothesis and variables. Each hypothesis can be objectively and quantitatively answered by using Stata to analyze polling data. The first hypothesis is based on the concept of younger voters…

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