Study finds link between college students’ majors, voting rates

Illustration by Dan McDonald
Illustration by Dan McDonald

By Eleanor Mueller | McClatchy Washington Bureau

The likelihood that college students will make their way to the polls this November may have a lot to do with their major.

In a first-of-its-kind study released last week, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University found that the voting rates of college students varied greatly according to their majors, or fields of study. Education majors had the highest voting rate in 2012’s general election, with 55 percent; engineering and math students had the lowest rate, at 35 percent.

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