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RU Talking To Me?

RU Talking To Me? is a student research project conducted  by RU Voting that focuses on the extent to which candidates and the media are talking about issues that matter to young adults and how they are talking about these issues during the presidential primary season and the 2016 general election.

Student researchers observe and analyze Republican and Democratic debates, candidates’ websites and social media platforms, speeches, interviews, and media appearances, and news coverage of the candidates. Analysis includes documenting the number of references to young adults and/or issues directly related to young adults & the manner in which candidates discuss these issues including perspective, tone, and substance.

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Past Research

The Youth Political Participation Program has conducted research regarding best practices in civic education for high school students, college students’ political behavior and attitudes, and young adults running for office and serving as public officials. Learn more here.