Study Questions

  1. Recent census data shows that Americans over age 37 outnumber Americans under age 37, and others research shows that older Americans are more likely to vote than younger Americans. What do you think this means for American policymaking as far as the issues taken up by government and the policies written to address these issues?
  2. Should candidates in a general election devote resources to courting independent or swing voters or try to convert voters who are registered for the other party? Why can’t candidates successfully target both groups in a general election?
  3. Which primary election type would be better to encourage a higher voter turnout, open or closed, and why?
  4. Between young folks and older folks, who is more likely to vote and what are some likely causes for this disparity? How might we as a society encourage more participation in each of these voting groups?