Political Efficacy In Relation To Age
Authors:Tansu Philip, Tansu Philip
Mentor:Ann Gordon, Associate Professor of Political Science, Chapman University
Tansu Philip Political Research Design Professor Gordon Political Efficacy In Relation To Age In an age where citizens are becoming increasingly critical of their government and hesitant to engage themselves politically for fear of having no influence on the inevitable outcomes, it is important to explore which age groups tend to have more faith in their government and why. Relying on the 2012 American National Election Study, the concept of political efficacy will be explored. I find that feelings of efficacy tend to vary dramatically between young adults and the elderly. Age is an important variable in this experiment, mostly because other studies have proven repeatedly that young adults are less likely to vote than their older counterparts. Why, then, do young adults feel that their votes will not matter in comparison to the elderly? The present paper examines political efficacy based on age and how it affects voting behavior, specifically in the United States. Further, I examine the notion that the United States may appear to have high political efficacy, but a majority of those who are able to vote do not vote according to the most recent census. The paper concludes with a consideration of the ways in which the American political process is affected by this dynamic.