Date of Award

4-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Unislawa Williams

Abstract

Young African-Americans are a crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to voter turnout and election results. Though the literature that examines the voting behavior of young African-Americans explores several perspectives on what affects voter turnout among young African-American voters, the effect of political exposure is under examined. This study hypothesizes that among African-American Millennials, political exposure in developmental years affects one's decision to engage in the political process when the individual becomes of age to vote. Synergizing existing research on college students and their voter turnout as well as analyzing existing data on political exposure in development was the best way to test this hypothesis. Findings suggest that there is a less than expected level of alignment of African-American Millennials' views with their parents' views. Findings also suggest that encouragement by parents and institutions of African- American Millennials to engage in politics is present in the lives of African-American Millennials. These are the most intriguing results because they differ from historical patterns. This research is relevant because younger voters are becoming a target group for candidates in local, state, and national elections. African-American Millennial voters' behaviors, attitudes, and desires must be better understood so that lawmakers can create better strategies to mobilize the important voting bloc of African-American Millennials in the most effective way.

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