The Nation: Youth Vote

In some political circles, it has passed for a maxim that the new 18-year-old vote will make little difference. Last year, for example. Political Analysts Ben Wattenberg and Richard Scammon wrote in The Real Majority that the young, if they bother to vote at all, will probably vote along the same lines as their parents.

Now Frederick G. Dutton, who served as political aide both to John and Robert Kennedy, has proposed a different theory. In Changing Sources of Power—American Politics in the 1970s (McGraw-Hill), Dutton foresees the millions of new young voters bringing...

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