The Poll-itical Perspective: Understanding American Millennial Voter Behavior

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 20183:00PM - 5:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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The Poll-itical Perspective: Understanding American Millennial Voter Behavior

“Millennials are the largest generation in the history of America and the largest generation in the history of the world”. With the 2018 U.S. Midterm elections just around the corner, all 435 House seats, over a third of the seats in the Senate, and 39 state and territorial gubernatorial positions are at stake. What are some of the fascinating trends that have been shaping millennial voting behavior for this November? Described by The Washington Post as one of the world’s leading authorities on understanding global attitudes among Millennials, Professor John Della Volpe will use fresh polling data as a launch point to discuss cultural, political and social trends driving this generation. After his talk, Professor Della Volpe will then open up the floor to student leaders and the general audience for a Q&A period.

John Della Volpe is the Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics (IOP), and has been leading the institute’s polling initiatives on understanding American youth since 2000. The IOP has accurately predicted youth turnout in every election since, and has provided insight into pre-/post- 9/11 attitudes, and into generational shifts in foreign policy, among other topics. In 2008, he received an Eisenhower Fellowship for which he traveled extensively throughout China, Hong Kong, and Korea (including a supervised day in North Korea) studying Millennials; in 2011, he was appointed to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on Media. John is also founder of SocialSphere, a Cambridge based public opinion and analytics company. He appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and his insights have appeared in U.S. media, including on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.

Full bio is here:


Dr. John Della Volpe
Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics

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