An excerpt focusing on simulations based on race for future elections through 2036. Representatives from several Washington, D.C. think tanks talked about the findings of a report titled, “States of Change: America’s Electoral Future” report. The report, a collaboration between several think tanks represented on the panel, focused on changing demographics and the impact of these changes on future politics and elections. The Bipartisan Policy Center, Center for American Progress, Brookings Institution, PRRI, and American Enterprise Institute partnered for the report’s unveiling and discussion of the results.
What demographics are more likely to be Democratic or Republican? In this lesson, students will learn about political participation based on demographics and how political parties use those demographics in predicting elections and voter behavior. In the extension activities, be given a chance to explore their own demographics and ideologies.
Throughout this lesson students will use the Demographics and Political Alignment Google Slides to complete various activities. Students should make a copy of the Google Slides in order to edit the document.
Handout: Demographics and Political Alignment (Google Slides)
Warm-Up: Have students work independently, in pairs, or in small groups to categorize different demographics into political parties on Slide 2. Have students share out their results.
Have students look at Pew Research Center: A study in contrasts: Republican and Democratic strengths and weaknesses in party identification chart and answer questions introducing demographics and political alignment on Slide 3.
What are demographics?
According to the chart, what demographics are more likely Democrats?
Students will use slides 4-11 to watch video clips about political socialization and answer the questions on the handout (Google Slides). Embedded in the Google Slides are also charts from Pew Research Center: In Changing U.S. Electorate, Race and Education Remain Stark Dividing Lines.
Students can also take notes on a Video Analysis Worksheet and Chart Analysis Worksheet in Google Docs. Along with these video clips, are polling graphs related to the videos. All videos are also embedded into the worksheet.
Below are the video clips and articles included in Google Slides presentation.
Category: Race (Slides 4-6)
Video Clip 1: Race Demographic Changes over Time (3:25)
Video Clip 2: Race Demographics Simulations (3:00)
Video Clip 3: Education Demographics Changes over Time (1:30)
Video Clip 4: Education Demographics Simulation (6:30)
Using the Google Slides presentation, complete the following tasks:
Reflect on the information from the videos/charts. What did you find most interesting? How do you think political parties would use the information presented in the video clips?
Recategorize different demographics into political parties on Slide 13.
Students will use the information from the videos and the charts to answer the question:
Have students explore their own ideologies and how their demographics align based on the video clips and charts. Students can investigate through the following activities: