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7-in-10 ‘Habitual Nonvoters’ Plan To Take Part In This Year’s Elections

The 2016 presidential election was a contest in which at least 100 million Americans didn’t take part.

But a recent survey from a pro-democracy and pro-civic engagement group says that might be different this year, as most of those nonvoters plan to take part in making their voices heard in the 2020 elections.

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The survey, conducted by the Knight Foundation, sought to identify the demographics of American nonvoters. The poll asked questions of individuals who sat out in the last six election cycles, NBC News reported.

The study is titled “The 100 Million Project,” named for the number of Americans who didn’t vote in 2016’s presidential race. In that year, turnout was just a little bit higher than 55 percent of all eligible voters, the lowest participation rate that has been seen in two decades.

But according to the study, there’s some good news, if you’re a fan of democracy: 71 percent of individuals who describe themselves as habitual nonvoters say they plan to cast a ballot in the 2020 general election.

The study also determined that neither of the two major political parties stands to benefit from this sudden influx of civic engagement — 19 percent of those nonvoters said they are inspired to support President Donald Trump, while 22 percent said their plan to vote this year is based on opposing him.

A deeper dive into the numbers further demonstrates that both parties stand to benefit from more nonvoters taking part in the elections.

Fifty-three percent of nonvoters are women, and 40 percent of them are millennials, two demographics that tend to favor Democratic candidates for office. However, 65 percent of nonvoters are white, and nonvoters in general were less likely to have a college degree, two demographics that typically favor Republicans.



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