Why Some Americans Didn’t Check the Box in 2018

The reasons are numerous, but 61% regret their decision

The 2018 midterm elections were historic because they were the first time since 1982 that the voter turnout rate surpassed 50% in a midterm election. Also, a majority of those who said they did not vote (61%) also said they wish they had voted in the midterms. When the Pew Research Center asked these voters about some possible reasons they did not vote, no single factor stood out. The following graph features some reasons people said they skipped the polls that year.

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