Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) working with the polling firm of Schneiders/ Della Volpe/ Schulman conducted n=1,202 telephone interviews with college undergraduates from October 7, 2004 through October 13, 2004. The objectives were to look in depth into the 2004 election and the issues driving college students’ votes, to gauge the level of interest and excitement among students about the 2004 election, and find out the exact methods by which college undergraduates vote. The survey also tracked the attitudes of college undergraduates related to politics and community service from earlier IOP studies.
The findings, while largely focused on the 2004 election, are part of a larger set of data dating back to the April of 2000 survey, and offer a comprehensive view into the minds of current undergraduates, and how the events of the past four years have changed the way that this generation of college students views politics.
The margin of error for this survey is ± 2.8 percent at the 95 percent confidence level, but is higher for subgroups.