Millennials Talk Politics: A Study of College Student Political Engagement

Millennials Talk Politics: A Study of College Student Political Engagement

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement has released a new report that examines the attitudes of Gen Y, the so-called millennials, toward civic engagement. The report, Millennials Talk Politics: A Study of College Student Political Engagement (52 pages, PDF), is a follow-up to a 1993 study that found students considered politics irrelevant to their lives and saw little purpose in actively participating in political discussions. Funded by the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, the latest study finds that today's college students are more engaged than Generation X was, and that students are hungry for political conversation that is authentic, involves diverse views, and is free of manipulation and spin. Among other things, the report recommends that students be given opportunities to engage in informal, peer-to-peer discussions in non-hostile and non-divisive environments.