Poll: College students are ready to call out people who don’t vote

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An activist holding a “What’s Your Voting Plan?” sign at an October outreach event in New York City. | Erik McGregor/LightRocket/Getty Images

Persuasion is hard, but 61 percent of college students say they’ll speak up if people they know don’t vote. 

In a new Axios poll, 61 percent of college students revealed that they would definitely or probably shame someone they know if they chose not to vote.

The poll, conducted online by College Reaction for Axios October 6-7 among 872 college students at accredited four-year universities, was specific in its wording. It asked about “someone you know [who] does not vote even though they can” — verbiage that acknowledges voting can be prohibitively difficult for people who can’t take time off work, may be forced to stand for hours in line, or have been unfairly purged from the voter rolls.

An August report from the Knight Foundation indicates that college students are uncharacteristically motivated to vote this year, 71 percent of them saying they are “absolutely certain” of it. This surge in participation from college students follows a trend reported by several outlets following the 2018 election where…


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