Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Parental voting

08/01/2004

Among eligible voters, 60 percent of parents with their own children in the household voted in the last presidential election in 2000.

Voting is much more common among parents with higher levels of education than it is among parents with less education. Eighty percent of parents with at least a college degree reported voting in the 2000 election, compared with 64 percent of those with some college education, 49 percent of those with high school diplomas, and 28 percent of parents with less than a high school degree.

Voting behavior among parents also varies by age, with older parents more likely than younger parents to report voting in the last election. In 2000, seventy percent of parents ages 50 and over reported voting in the November election, compared with 65 percent of those ages 31-49, forty-six percent of those ages 26-30, and 33 percent of parents ages 18-25.

Married parents are more likely to vote than unmarried parents (64 percent and 45 percent, respectively).

Percentage of parents(a) with children under 18 in the household who voted in the last election,
by educational attainment: 2000

Percentage of parents<SUP>(a)</SUP> with children under 18 in the household who voted in the last election, by educational attainment: 2000. See text for explanation.

a. Parents include householders and spouses with own children under 18 in the household; therefore, this indicator includes data on all parents in the family.
Note: Analysis includes only eligible voters (those who were at least 18 years of age and citizens).
Source: Child Trends' analyses of November 2000 Current Population Survey data

  Percent
Table 15.
Percentage of parents(a) with children under 18 in the household who voted in the last election,
by selected characteristics: 2000
All Parents 60.3
Highest Level of Education
  Less than high school 28.3
  High school diploma or GED 49.5
  Some education after high school 63.9
  College graduate 80.4
Age of Parent
  18-25 years 33.2
  26-30 years 45.9
  31-49 years 64.8
  50 years and over 69.9
Immigrant Status
  Native-born 61.3
  Foreign-born 46.2
Martial Status
  Married (spouse present) 64.0
  Unmarried (or married with spouse absent) 44.9
a. Parents include householders and spouses with own children under 18 living in the household.
Note: Analysis includes only eligible voters (those who were at least 18 years of age and citizens).
Source: Child Trends' analyses of November 2000 Current Population Survey data.

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