A series of memos and fact sheets released by the Black Youth Project of the University of Chicago, Black and Latino Youth: The Future of American Politics Memo Series focuses on the civic and political engagement of America’s youth, especially Black and Latino youth, and investigates their participation in electoral politics and how their unique life experiences shape their views toward politics.

Download the data below:

Download the methodology report (PDF) (350 KB)

Download the Wave 1 data (.dta) (November 2012 – December 2012) (2 MB)

Download the Wave 2 data (.dta) (April 2013 – May 2013) (873 KB)

Download the Wave 3 data (.dta) (December 2013 – January 2014) (756 KB)

Download the Wave 4 data (.dta) (June 2014) (2 MB)

Weighting Report:

There are two relevant weights included in each survey, “weight1” and “weight2.”

Weight1 is used to generalize to the entire population of 18-29 year-olds.  Weight1 adjusts for the oversampling of African Americans and Latinos, and gives the correct estimates for the national population.

Weight2 is used for analyzing particular racial/ethnic groups.  Weight2 should give more appropriate standard errors when looking at one particular group or comparing across groups.

Download memos below:

  • Understanding the Latino Youth Vote in 2012: A comprehensive analysis of Latino youth engagement in the 2012 presidential election.
  • Race, Youth, and the Gender Gap: There is a considerable gender gap in political behavior amongst Black youth. Young Black women turn out the vote at higher rates than young Black men, and hold more liberal views on political matters.
  • Youth, Race, and Partisanship: While young voters are often believed to be overwhelmingly Democratic, partisanship and vote choice vary considerably across racial groups.
  • Youth, Race, and Voter Mobilization: An analysis of voting data shows that mobilization works to turn out voters. But when it comes to youth, especially among young blacks, both political parties are failing to mobilize significant numbers and the historic youth turnout in 2008 may not be repeated in 2012.
  • The Racial Impact of Voter Identification Laws in the 2012 Election: Examines the impact of recent legislation in five states that will require voters to display government-issued photo identification before voting in the 2012 election.