The Party of Nonvoters

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

10/29/2010 - Understandably, most of the attention in this fall's elections has been on likely voters, not on those unlikely to cast a ballot.

Almost certainly, however, there will be far more nonvoters than voters this year.

Turnout in midterm elections typically is less than 40% of the voting age population (in 2006 it was 37%), and there is no reason to expect that it will be dramatically higher in 2010.

Who are these likely nonvoters who constitute a majority of the American public this year?

Based on an analysis of a September national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, nonvoters are younger, less educated and more financially stressed than likely voters.

Read the full report The Party of Nonvoters on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

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