NewsOver half of young people plan to vote in November. Will you?

Over half of young people plan to vote in November. Will you?

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We want to know if you plan to vote this November and what national issues you care about most.


Owen Simoes poses for a portrait outside of the Concord State House. Simoes is a 17-year-old who plans to vote for the first time in 2024. (Erin Clark/Globe Staff)

More than half of young Americans say they plan to vote in the 2024 presidential election, a poll by the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School found.

“As the Biden/Trump rematch takes shape, we see strong levels of engagement and interest in voting among young Americans,” John Della Volpe, IOP Polling Director, said in a statement. “Make no mistake, this is a different youth electorate than we saw in 2020 and 2022, and young voters are motivated by different things.”

The poll, released in mid-April, found that among 18-to-29-year-olds nationwide, 53% of young Americans said they will “definitely be voting” in the 2024 general election for president. President Joe Biden leads former President Donald Trump by 13 percentage points in a head-to-head contest, the poll found. 

The poll surveyed 2,1010 young Americans between the ages of 18 and 29, and was conducted between March 14 through 21, 2024.

It also surveyed young Americans on several current political issues, including the Israel-Hamas war. The findings show young Americans broadly support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza by a five-to-one margin (51% support, 10% oppose), although respondents were split along party lines regarding Israel’s response to the Hamas attack on Oct. 7. According to the poll, 36% of Republicans approved of Israel’s actions, while 44% of Democrats and 30% of independents disapproved.

Concerning other national issues, the economy was top of mind for young Americans. In an open-ended question about which national issue concerned them most, the poll found that just over a quarter (27%) said something related to the economy. Inflation, healthcare, housing, and jobs were prominent areas of concern, specifically.

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