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43% Of Young Voters Self-Identify As Moderates

And 7 other surprising findings from a recent poll about voting.

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Bustle and Mic partnered with the Voto Latino Foundation to survey 2,000 registered voters aged 18-34 via Pollfish just before the Nov. 3 election about COVID-19, their voting plans, political opinions, and the biggest challenges facing the U.S.

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The poll was conducted during the first half of October 2020. 57% of the respondents were female, and 43% were male. 56% were white, 15% were Black, 21% were Latinx, 7% were Asian, and 1% had another racial identity.

Here's what the survey found.

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Gen-Z & millennial voters aren’t as far left as you might think.

43% of participants self-identified as moderates.

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They're not too big on sharing.

32% of participants, nearly one in three, don’t talk about their political beliefs with family and friends.

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Democrat or Republican, COVID has hurt.

56% of participants said economic decline is one of the biggest impacts of COVID-19, while 54% cited the 210K+ lives lost. Despite economic fears, 45% said it’s too soon to re-open. 53% said the government should send another stimulus check.

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When it comes to getting out to vote, 18-24 year olds are less motivated than their older peers.

61% of 18-24 year olds said they were a 4 or 5 on a 1-5 scale of enthusiasm about voting, compared to 68% of 25-34 year olds.

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Older Millennials are also more prepared.

78% of 18-24 year olds were absolutely sure they were registered to vote when they were surveyed in October, compared to 89% of 25-34 year olds. Only 64% of 18-24 year olds had a voting plan, compared to 72% of 25-34 year olds.

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Not everybody's voting, either.

82% of 18-24 year olds who are registered to vote said they are somewhat or very likely to vote in this election, compared to 88% of 25-34 year olds.

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On Election Day, many will be staying home.

47% of 18-24 year olds said they were planning on absentee or mail-in voting instead of going in person to the polls, as did 42% of 25-34 year olds.

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What does the future hold?

22% of 25-34 year olds think the right to choose is the "single most important issue" on the Supreme Court's docket, while 21% of 18-24 year olds think it will be climate change.

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Whatever your feelings about politics, here's to exercising your civil rights on Nov. 3 or before — and having your opinion heard, loud and clear.

Are you ready for Election Day? Start by registering to vote and making a plan for Nov. 3.