Report: Young Voters Still Engaged, but Frustrated

By Jamilah King Feb 25, 2010

There’s been a lot of talk about a newly released study by the Pew Center this week charting the political and social trends of young folks. According to the study, overall, folks in the 18-29 year old age bracket are confident, connected, and open to change. But the jury’s still out on the most effective methods by which young people — particularly those of color — want to make that change happen. First, some of the study’s more interesting findings: young women and people of color tend to be pro-government, but young people as a whole are becoming increasingly frustrated with the Democratic Party. not surprising. With elected officials stalling, a generation that realized their political power during a time of unprecedented technological innovation are looking for other ways to who their political might — and those changes may not always translate at the ballot box or the next organized protest. Despite the fact that young voters came out in record numbers to elect our current President, it was never a given that they would flock to the democratic party and electoral politics on some celebrity status hype. What did stick was a different approach to the political process altogether. Which leads me to question what rallying for political change might look like in the future. There have already been fairly small, local efforts to hold power accountable in creative ways. But what might that look like on a grand scale?