3 of 4 Maine millennials say they'll vote

Oct. 29, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Seventy-four percent of young voters in Maine say they intend to vote in the presidential election, A Generation Opportunity poll released Monday indicated.

The poll indicated about 25 percent of voters in the 18-29 age bracket said they were satisfied with elected officials in Washington, Generation Opportunity said.

The poll also found that of the get-out-the-vote tools with an impact on young voter turnout in Maine, Facebook was ranked most effective at 42 percent, the millennial voter advocacy group said. Nine percent of Maine's millennials said they thought a phone call would be effective.

The polling found 54 percent said a candidate's position on issues and a record in public office would influence their vote. Four percent cited a candidate's personal characteristics such as charisma and likability, while 35 percent said a candidate's position on issues and personal characteristics were of equal importance.

Maine millennials "know the key decision for the 2012 election, both nationally and statewide, centers around who is best qualified and experienced enough to push policies that allow American and Maine businesses to grow and to create more full-time jobs and opportunity for those seeking work," said Paul T. Conway, Generation Opportunity president and a former chief of staff under Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Results are based on an online survey of 401 Maine adults conducted July 27-Aug. 14. The margin of error is 4.4 percentage points.

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