Is the voter base too disillusioned to make it to the polls?

Assistant Professor of Politics and Government Henrik Schatzinger examined this question in a recent Oshkosh Northwestern article. The article looked at voter turnout leading up to Wisconsin’s hotly contested gubernatorial election between Governor Scott Walker and Mary Burke. With a virtual dead heat between the candidates, the Northwestern argues that whichever party does a better job of getting supports to the polls will prevail.

In the article, Schatzinger pointed to research indicated that energizing the broad swath of the Democratic Party’s base can be difficult between presidential elections. Add to it the partisan gridlock and disillusionment facing voters, especially Democratic voters, Schatzinger contends voter turnout could be tough.

“This voter base is disillusioned about politics,” Schatzinger said. “The core reason of why they’re so fickle … is the political stalemate is frustrating for everyone, but it’s particularly frustrating for young voters who were eager for that hope and change.”

Read more of the article here.


Related Posts

Rafael Francisco Salas

Rafael Francisco Salas has work in regional exhibit opening May 18

Rafael Francisco Salas, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, will have work included in “TMA Contemporary,” the annual […]

ben grady

Associate Professor of Biology Benjamin Grady quoted in article published by Forbes

Associate Professor of Biology Benjamin Grady was quoted in an article published April 30 by Forbes Australia. “This miner might change the future of the […]

Farewell and thank you to our 2023-24 retirees

MICHELE BARAN WITTLER ’76, 39 years Michele Baran Wittler ’76, associate dean of faculty and registrar, will retire from Ripon May 31. She started at […]

Jacoby Cefalu ’25, left,, and Ryan Davis ’24

Work of professor, students presented at cognitive development conference

Professor of Psychology Kristine A. Kovack-Lesh and two 2023 Summer Opportunities for Advanced Research (SOAR) students attended the biennial meeting of the Cognitive Development Society […]