This would be good for Democrats and especially Elizabeth Warren…
The study found that 40 percent of students who are eligible to vote cast ballots last year, up from 19 percent in 2014.
Census Bureau data has shown that turnout rose in nearly all demographic groups between the two midterm cycles, but it rose most sharply among young adults. The Tufts study shows the turnout spike was particularly stark among college students — an extraordinary level of engagement for voters who typically stay home in nonpresidential elections.
Among all eligible voters, for instance, turnout reached 50 percent in 2018 — less than a 14-point jump since 2014, according to the United States Elections Project.
“It’s really a stunning comparison between college students and the rest of the United States population,” said Nancy Thomas , director of Tufts’ Institute for Democracy & Higher Education , which published the study. “We need to start listening to a constituency that has not been heard very much in the past and that is now making their voices heard.”
While past surveys have documented a spike in voting among young people in 2018, this study focuses on college students. The Tufts researchers amassed records of more than 10 million college students from more than 1,000 institutions, producing a comprehensive portrait of voting patterns by numerous demographic groups.
According to the study, college women voted at higher rates in 2018 than those of men, with black women voting more reliably than any other racial or gender group at 43 percent and Hispanic women logging the greatest gains between 2014 and 2018.
Overall, 36.5 percent of Hispanic college students voted, according to the study — up from just 14 percent in 2014. The rate among Asian students nearly tripled from 9 percent to 26 percent, but more among women than men. Higher engagement, combined with demographic shifts in university enrollment, led to an increase in the vote share of these two groups and a decline in the vote share of white and black students, the study found.
“The overall demographic of who goes to college is changing,” said David Brinker, a senior researcher at Tufts and one of the study’s authors….