Racial identity, ideology, and the youth vote: Observations from the 2004 presidential campaign

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Abstract

This essay addresses voter turnout and candidate support among African American and Hispanic youth in the 2004 presidential election by exploring the relationship between candidates' rhetorical messages and those racial identity factors known to influence voting behavior. These factors include a sense of collective identity and political cynicism for Blacks and wedge-issue politics and personal Hispanic-voter contact for Latinos. The successes and failures of the presidential candidates and their supporting organizations are explained by examining how the two campaigns' rhetorical strategies were or were not appropriate in addressing these factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1238
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume50
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Cynicism
  • Hispanics
  • Identity
  • Voter contact
  • Wedge issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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