Voter turnout by young people will be crucial in the 2008 election. Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, has been conducting regular polling of America’s college students for seven years, highlighting key trends and issues related to politics and public service. This fall’s IOP poll offers new in-depth data on the candidates that young people support in the race for president in 2008. The poll results also provide the 18-24 year olds’ views on politics and their attitude toward health care, foreign policy, trust in government and other institutions, community service and other critical issues.
On December 5, Brookings’s Opportunity 08 Project and the IOP released the findings of the Fall 2007 Youth Survey on Politics and Public Service. Opportunity 08 Director Michael O’Hanlon introduced the event with Kenneth M. Duberstein, who serves in an advisory capacity to both Opportunity 08 and the IOP. James A. Leach, a former member of Congress and IOP director, and John Della Volpe of IOP presented the new findings, accompanied by two students that presented the youth perspective.
After the program, panelists took audience questions.