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Will Millennials vote?

January 03, 2012|By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye

With about 46 million adults under 30 eligible to vote this year, the question will be answered on Election Day on Nov. 6.

A poll by Harvard's Institute of Politics found a slim majority of Millennials said they "definitely" will vote in the upcoming election and another 11 percent said they definitely won't.

Millennials are looking for candidates who are problem solvers. A poll conducted in April by Generation Opportunity found 57 percent of adults ages 18 to 29 said they would learn more about the policies of presidential candidates in 2012 compared with 2008. And 61 percent said they would vote on a candidate's record, not charisma.

"We actually think that's a pretty strong signal to both parties that if they're not going to come to the table with solutions to create more opportunities for young Americans, it doesn't matter how dynamic you are or how catchy the rhetoric is," said Paul Conway, president of Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization focused on young Americans.

lvivanco@tribune.com | @lvivanco

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