IGNITE's Research Hub
Since 2019, IGNITE’s research hub has partnered with leading political scientists and researchers to conduct research on Gen Z political participation, behaviors and mindset. Download the full 2023 report below.
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Gen Z Voting & Political Engagement Report 2023
IGNITE is excited to officially release the Gen Z Voting & Political Engagement Report 2023! Our latest research findings provide insights into the next generation of political leaders, their behaviors, the issue areas that are driving them to the polls and much more as we head into a pivotal election year.
We partnered with Dr. Jared McDonald, assistant professor at the University of Mary Washington, to complete the study. A special thank you to Grantmakers for Girls of Color for funding this study.
Gen Z polling shows that young voters are more politically empowered than ever, with 75% of respondents registered to vote. By 2024, Gen Z and Millennials will be the largest voting block in the country.
Roughly 70% of women-identifying and non-binary Gen Zers say they would be more likely to vote if there was more diversity among candidates regarding gender, race, and age, as well as candidates speaking to the issues young people care about.
Most Gen Z support legal abortion under all circumstances, but Gen Z women-identifying and non-binary people are more likely than Gen Z men to support abortion “for any reason.”
“Gen Z and young voters are going to have more political power in the 2024 election cycle than ever before. We need to start focusing on the issues that drive them because they don’t conform to the hard lines of political parties like previous generations. They want candidates who care about their issues, represent the diversity they see amongst their peers, and have the authentic digital savviness to engage with them in a meaningful way.” Sara Guillermo, IGNITE CEO
More about IGNITE's Research Hub
In addition to providing trainings, community events, conferences and other programs, IGNITE also spearheads research to better understand where Gen Z lies on their political and civic leadership journeys. This research complements our on-the-ground-work and helps us gain a deeper understanding of the values and political aspirations of young women-identifying people and gender expansive youth across the country so IGNITE can better respond to their needs.
Since 2019, we have been conducting research with gender and generational lenses in partnership with Dr. Melissa Deckman (PRRI) and Dr. Jared McDonald (University of Mary Washington) to understand the political values, behaviors and mindset of Gen Z. This includes gathering data on Gen Z voting attitudes and behaviors, party identification, top priority issues and policies, how COVID impacted their mental health and political agency, and their preferred sources for political education and news.
IGNITE’s research is pivotal to our broader organizational strategy to accelerate a culture shift that enforces young women’s belief in themselves as political leaders and agents of change. It underscores our efforts to effectively change narratives about young women’s political power, by allowing us to first listen and learn, then craft more effective strategies that address their concerns and meet them where they are at.