100 million People who’re eligible to vote routinely don’t on account of an absence of religion within the system and/or failure to have interaction with candidates, a report from the John S. and James L. Knight Basis finds.
Based mostly on nationwide surveys and focus teams carried out as a part of the inspiration’s 100 Million Challenge, the report, The 100 Million Challenge: The Untold Story of American Non-Voters (68 pages, PDF), discovered that the highest motive eligible non-voters — outlined as those that usually are not registered to vote or who’ve voted in just one or fewer of the final six presidential and midterm elections — cite for not voting was that they “did not just like the candidates” (17 p.c), adopted by “[my] vote would not matter” (12 p.c), “don’t know the candidates” (eight p.c), “the system is corrupt” (eight p.c), “not ” (eight p.c), and “no time” (eight p.c). What’s extra, in focus teams many non-voters — no matter geography, age, race, gender, training, and revenue vary — described emotions of alienation from and problem prioritizing voting.
In line with the examine, non-voters had been much less seemingly than those that vote frequently to say they had been very or considerably assured that votes “are counted absolutely and reported precisely” (59 p.c vs. 76 p.c) and that election outcomes “signify the need of the folks” (52 p.c vs. 63 p.c), whereas they had been extra prone to say the “system is rigged/corrupt” (27 p.c vs. 19 p.c). Non-voters additionally had been much less seemingly than energetic voters to comply with information and details about politics very or considerably intently (62 p.c vs. 82 p.c), really feel they’ve sufficient details about candidates and points to decide (59 p.c vs. 80 p.c), frequently volunteer or give to charity, or really feel happy with their private lives. Essentially the most generally cited motive for not registering to vote was “I am not /Do not care” (29 p.c), adopted by “My vote would not matter, would not rely, or will not make a distinction” (13 p.c).
The examine additionally discovered that non-voters noticed immigration (19 p.c), well being care (13 p.c), and jobs and the financial system (13 p.c) as crucial points dealing with the nation at this time, whereas they had been cut up over problems with coverage, with half supporting Obamacare, though non-voters had been barely extra prone to specific a conservative view than energetic voters with respect to immigration and abortion. As well as, a barely bigger share of non-voters had a positive opinion of the Democratic Social gathering (40 p.c) than did of the Republican Social gathering (38 p.c) (in contrast with 44 p.c and 37 p.c of energetic voters) and an unfavorable (51 p.c) versus favorable (40 p.c) view of President Trump (in contrast with 58 p.c unfavorable and 40 p.c favorable amongst voters). In the event that they had been to vote within the 2020 elections, 33 p.c of present non-voters mentioned they might vote for the Democratic presidential nominee, 30 p.c mentioned they might vote to re-elect Trump, and 18 p.c mentioned they might vote for a third-party candidate.
A separate survey of eligible Gen Z voters (ages 18 to 24) discovered that they had been much less seemingly than members of different cohorts — non-voters and energetic voters alike — to hunt out information and data, intently comply with political information, really feel they know sufficient about candidates and points to know for whom to vote, or have faith within the election system and course of.
“100 million People persistently sit out a central democratic act. We should not choose them; we must always perceive them,” mentioned Knight Basis senior vice chairman and chief program officer Sam Gill. “This examine brings us nose to nose — for the primary time — with those that really feel disconnected from our political course of. If we care about the way forward for our democracy, we’ve got an obligation to raised perceive our buddies, neighbors, and members of the family who select to sit down out elections.”