No-Show ‘96: Americans Who Do Not Vote

On November 5, Bill Clinton or Bob Dole will be elected President of the United States. Assuming that the three-decade trend of declining voter turnout continues, their contest will be decided by roughly half of the eligible electorate. More than Continue reading

1996 Poll + Methodology

Poll results and Methodology for the 1996 Presidential election. 1996 Poll and Methodology (download pdf) 1996 Poll and Methodology (Scribd) Results of the Medill News Service/WTTW survey are based on telephone interviews conducted July 8 through July 21 with 3,323 Continue reading

Northwestern News- Nonvoters Aren’t Apathetic

Press Release Non Voters 96

“The Doers,” “The Unpluggeds,” Other Nonvoters and Their Categories

By Michael M. Lazerow Medill News Service WASHINGTON – It’s not as if 49-year-old Nancy Koscher of Elkhart, Ind., doesn’t care about public affairs. The owner of a small carpet-installation business, Koscher was forced to drop her health benefits almost Continue reading

Are Politicians a Deterrent to Voting?

By Siobhan Hughes Medill News Service Gramby, N.Y. — Politicians are so dishonest and one man’s vote matters so little that it’s not worth voting, according to Richard Hobby, a 43-year-old electrician living in this upstate New York town of Continue reading

Nonvoters Removed From Government and Politics

By Michael M. Lazerow Medill News Service OLYMPIA, Wash. — Thirty-one-year-old Kathy Smith pulled a hot tray loaded with homemade chocolate chip cookies from the oven. She placed each cookie on a napkin and passed them out to the small Continue reading