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Youth Vote ‘Up For Grabs’ In ‘96 Election

Thu., Feb. 8, 1996

The youth vote in the 1996 election is “up for grabs” and the nation’s twenty-somethings will base their decisions on issues, not party politics, a new poll suggests.

According to the study, 48.3 percent of the eight hundred 18- to 30-year-olds polled said a candidate’s position on the issues would influence their votes, compared with the 5.3 percent who said a candidate’s political party would be the deciding factor. Global Strategy Group, Inc., a New York City-based political research firm, conducted the study, released Wednesday.

Although 25 percent of respondents said they were Republican and 23 percent said they vote Democratic, 67 percent said they would be “likely” to vote for a third-party candidate. Most of those surveyed - 89 percent - said they were likely to vote in the November elections.

The random survey was conducted Feb. 1-3, and has a margin of error of 4 percent.

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