08/29/2012 02:13 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Got First-Time Voters Figured Out? Think again.

By: Teresa Chin

In 2008, an estimated two-thirds of first-time voters supported Barack Obama, causing some analysts to peg 18 to 21-year-olds as a politically liberal voting bloc. But today, national polling data shows first-time voters are more ideologically diverse, both within parties and as a whole. Using data from CIRCLE, the Harvard Instittue of Politics and voting experts, Youth Radio illustrates how this new generation is shaping the face of politics.


Illustration and graphic design by Teresa Chin. Reporting by Robyn Gee and Maya Cueva.

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